Around the Corner
"/ come as a thief in the night, my sword drawn in hand, and as the thief that I am,
I say: Give me your purse, give it to me, rogue, or I'll cut your throat! I say give it to
the beggars, to the thieves, to the whores, to the pickpockets that are flesh of your
flesh and that are quite equal to you, those who are ready to die of hunger in
pestilential prisons and filthy dungeons have everything in common, otherwise the
scourge of God will cut down all that you have in order to putrefy it and consume it."
— Abiezer Coppe, 17th century England
The fire of anti-aircraft guns illuminates each other for years, convinced that their next-door
the Kabul night, and yet the war did not
erupt either today or on September 11,
2001, the day of the destruction of the
Twin Towers in New York and a good
part of the Pentagon. This war did not erupt in Afghanistan
for the sole, valid reason that it had already erupted
some time ago; for years, the entire world has lived in a
state of permanent war.
We did not want to see how close Rwanda and
Kosovo, Somalia and Bosnia, Algeria and Macedonia
were to us. But the Boeings of September 11 have
brought Jalalabad, Baghdad and Jericho into the hearts
of our cities. Therefore, no one can any longer ignore
the planetary gangrene that shows no signs of coming
to an end, the chosen heir of modernity, of the techno-
The industrial system has poisoned the earth, rendering
it sterile; the opening of global markets has sent the
peasant world into ruin; industrial restructuring has
dismantled the old productive apparati; strategic and
geopolitical necessities determined by the control of
resources have unleashed unending conflicts — capital,
heavy with the immense possibilities that technology
is providing to it, has broken up every possibility for
autonomy, every past form of community in a large
portion of the globe. At our latitudes, this same process
has brought forth the precariousness that we have been
tasting for the past few years, the abandonment of the
old certainties and guarantees to which we were
accustomed. Distorting the conditions of life for the
exploited, capital has removed practical knowledge,
the autonomous capacity to create one's existence
for oneself. Where it still survives, the means of
subsistence are mere
appendages of a
that none of the
exploited can under-
stand or dream of
controlling: no one
knows what to do
anymore; no one
knows how to do
then, to every common
feeling of the poor, to
all collective identifi-
cation, goodbye to the
dream of appropriating
this world and driving
out its masters.
This is how, over the
last twenty years, the
planet has increasingly
come to resemble a
refugee camp. One I
runs from conflict or
from a wasteland,
from poverty or from
dictatorship; one runs
from a world one no
longer recognizes. The old ways of life, of being to-
gether, have vanished irremediably, and nothing can
be seen on the horizon. All that is left is hatred and fear,
with more accumulating every day, and it is having diffi-
culty finding an objective, an enemy to fight. This is why
— whether hidden or declared — civil war has already
broken out, everywhere.
To each their own then, in this macabre exhibition that
celebrates the decomposition of an entire planet. Led by
their masters, the exploited Yugoslavs' have slaughtered
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neighbors were their enemies. The poor of Somalia
and Rwanda have not acted so very differently.
Now the huge powder keg of the Islamic world is
exploding. The poor have every intention and utter
determination to call in accounts for years of suffering.
Deprived of every concrete social connection —
apart from precariousness and fear — most super-
impose the words of the only common feeling that
is proposed to them onto their rage, that of religion.
The identification of a collective enemy causes
fraternization beyond every boundary and every
division; the epic poetry of the struggle against Evil
fills History with meaning — it speaks of a future
promise and gives a meaning to past tribulations.
This is why they wage war against the entire western
world and not, instead, against those specifically
responsible for their oppression: the masters and
governors of the east and the west.
When you read these lines, we don't know what
will be happening in Afghanistan or Iraq, we don't
know what will be happening in Palestine. The bombs
over Kabul precipitate events, increasingly channeling
revolt in the Islamic world into the narrow path of religious
war. The bombs over Kabul don't just wreak havoc on
Afghani civilians, nor do they only cause further surges
of refugees, nor do they just set the Middle East on fire:
the bombs over Kabul also fall on our heads, finally giving
meaning to our fear of the future, putting order into the
social precariousness of these times. The hypocritical
"anti-terrorist" rhetoric of the western powers terrorizes
us and, at the same time, gives a name to our terror; it
bestows on us a new enemy against whom we can fight:
the exploited of the Islamic world, who are in Afghanistan
and in Italy and
America, instead of
capitalist society, as was
beginning to emerge
in social conflicts.
Therefore, it is not a
civilizations that is being
fought. It is the real-
ization of the civilization
of capital, its ripest fruit
— putrefaction, death,
war between the poor.
Not a single word of
peace makes sense
anymore; no mediation
is possible when the
desperation of the poor
breaks through the doors
of a world that is falling
to pieces. All that we can
oppose to the bombs
over Kabul is class attack:
\1 freeing the hatred that
smolders and hurling it
against those responsible
for our oppression and
that of all of the poor of
the world. Identifying the common enemy with precision
— the masters, the rulers, the technological and produc-
tive network — is the first concrete form of solidarity
toward the bombed, toward the refugees. Attacking this
enemy is the only message of fraternity that we can send
to the exploited of the world, the only tool that we have for
transforming the war between the poor that is about to set
the world on fire into a war of liberation from exploitation
and from authority.
- Strangers Everywhere, Italy
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Welcome to Issue #12 of Green Anarchy, our largest issue yet - 32 pages! fls we go to print, another war is
upon us. We hope that a militant resistance is the response, one that puts the entire system in clanger. We
hope that the "peace movement", a movement which has shown its ineffectiveness and lack of interest in
questioning this system fundamentally, does not attempt to control and stifle resistance. In this issue, which
was to have more of a "tactics" focus, we note that a war is always going on, that being the 1 0,000 year-old
nightmare known as civilization. It is a war on life itself, and it will not be stopped by symbolic protest or
good intentions. It requires a war in return. It requires a level of seriousness; often lacking in the scene-
oriented nature of the anarchist movement. We need to discuss how to proceed tactically and what we are
moving towards. We hope these discussions continue to happen, but it is also important to shut up and fight!
It is a massive project to undo civilization, requiring a tremendous social and physical transformation. We
must deconstruct their institutions and their infrastructure. Good Luck! - The Green Anarchy Collective
Winter is ending in a climate of constant wars, a
dying biosphere, an increasingly unhealthy social
existence (in fact, a society less and less social and
more simply a force-field of the market), and personal
At the same time, movements of opposition are
germinating, joining others that have been going for
centuries. Of special interest are those, from Algeria
(see p. 19) to Argentina, whose struggles are
predicated on a conscious withdrawal of support for
the State, any State.
In North America (and elsewhere) anarchists were
almost non-existent just a few years ago. Now
anarchy is certainly the orientation of most who fight
for a radical transformation. Even more significant is
the swing toward a politics based on indictments of
the technological imperative and of civilization itself.
In 2003 even academic journals (usually so reluctant
to recognize or discuss disturbing ideas) are paying
attention to the primitivist critique/vision. See "The
State of Nature" in a recent issue of the U.K. eco journal
Environmental Values, and "Why Primitivism ?" in the
U.S. theory quarterly TELOS, for example.
As the U.S. Empire plays its last card, the card of
force, it's vital to adequately situate our own forces,
at home and abroad. To put it negatively, it would be
supremely disadvantageous to keep on recycling an
approach that has consistently failed, in every time
and place. The Left has been a mammoth, universal
disaster. To look for a place in the ranks of the Left is
to accept that the new movement will go nowhere.
Who doesn't realize that something different is
An urbanized dis-embeddedness spreads as
megalopolis cities continue to swell, in perfect
parallel with the growth of the dis-embodiment of
cyber-tech. The "advanced" world hurtles toward its
fateful crash like a space shuttle. But leftist holdovers
never question why things are headed in this direction,
orseek the underlying causes of this suicidal trajectory.
Who besides primitivists (and indigenous insurgents)
is truly anti-globalization? Does anyone on the left
oppose the industrial-technological Order? To fail to
do so is to remain, fundamentally, on the side of capital,
coercion, and their universalization. Those are the
dynamics that consign people everywhere to the
onerous servitude of reproducing the Machine, while
pushing all of nature to extinction.
Some go halfway. They grasp the depth of the crisis
and the unprecedented quality of what is at stake for
our movement. They make very occasional and vague
references to civilization, patriarchy, domestication,
division of labor, etc. But they seem content to
continue with the old patterns. No amount of
discourse in any new context will uncover root causes
or result in inspiring new directions, unless it strives
to do so. We need to see through and past worn-out
alternatives, instead of letting them define us.
The pall cast by 9/11/01 is lifting. A new season of
contestation is before us. . .
. . . Lets show what we can do!
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
"Fear stalks the
Streets. Promises that
nothing evil will befall if
the ghetto refrains from
undesirable acts. But
who knows what is
desirable, if we are all —
righteous and wicked
alike — to suffer the
same fate... something
seems about to happen.
Something is imminent.
hangs over our heads.
Hiding places are being
prepared. Is it possible?
I strive to show the
neighbors I am not
worried about the future.
Really, trouble is enough
now... Without noticing
you adjust to the mood
of your surroundings,
you breathe in shock
from the air. People's
faces look grim. Eyes
look out upon vacancy.
Each man inspires dread
in his neighbor. I have
had enough of enduring
my fate. When I am
alone there is no trace of
fear in my heart. Complete
confidence reigns. Is it
complacency? No. I
want to see clearly, and
above all to tell the Jews
beyond the ghetto what
is happening. How does
the Jewish soul respond
on whom the heavy hand
has not rested? What are
the consequences for the
life of the community?
Will a heavy sledge-
hammer subdue steel?"
- Zelig Kalmanovitch,
July 13, 1943, in the
*ThTe Women Of
The West* 13 ci
It is just past midnight and the woman in black is there again, standing alone in the
outskirts of the village. As she starts to hurl stones at the soldiers' jeep, flashlights break
the night sky and there is a warning burst of gunfire. The woman vanishes. Ten minutes
later, when all is in darkness, she reappears and the stones fly again. She keeps it up for
two hours. It is the second night she has performed her solitary demonstration. No one in
the village knows who she is or where she comes from.
a Death Camp,
Resistance is Life
The First Manifesto
"Let us not go as sheep to the slaughter.
Jewish youth, do not place your trust in those who
I are leading you astray. Of the 80,000 Jews who lived
in the "Jerusalem of Lithuania," only 20,000 remain
alive. Before our very eyes our parents, our brothers,
I and our sisters have been torn from us.
Where are the hundreds of Jews who were taken t
| work by the Lithuanian press gangs?
Where are the naked women, the children, who were takei
from us on the horrible night of provocation?
Where are our brothers from Ghetto Number Two?
Whoever is taken out through the ghetto gates never return
Every Gestapo route leads to Ponar. And Ponar is death.*
Hesitators! Throw away your illusions: Your children, you
wives, and your husbands are no longer alive.
Ponar is not the name of a concentration camp. Everyon
there has been shot.
Hitler is scheming to destroy all the Jews of Europe. It ha
been Lithuanian Jewry's ill fate to be first in line.
Let us not go as sheep to the slaughter.
We may be weak and unprotected but the only answer to
murderer is self-defense!
Brothers! It is better to fall fighting as free men than to liv>
at the mercy of murderers.
We will defend ourselves! To our last breath we will defen
—January 1, 1942, Vilna, in the ghetto
* Ponar was an execution site where Jews from Vilna were murdere
"Arbeit Macht Freif (German): "Work makes you free?
The cynical slogan of deceit that flew above th
gate of the Auschwitz death camp.
January 1, 1942, Vilna, in the ghetto. Silence again in the room. A silence that no one
breaks. Yet tears glint in dozens of young eyes. And a wave of feelings washes over their hearts.
And fists clench. Suddenly a voice breaks out from the corner. Hushed and slow. The song grips
everyone. Freedom is calling to their hearts and unites them all. No longer is one alone in
feeling or thinking, for if one sings, sings with all his might, with all his heart, it is as though he
filled the words with his own blood: 'To stretch out your neck to the sword — no, never!'
It seems our song will shake the ghetto walls."
— Ruschka Korchak-Marle, Flames in the Ashes
This winter marks the 60th anniversary
of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the
largest Jewish resistance to the Nazi
terror to occur. The survival rate
among Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto
was significantly higher then in most
Jewish ghettos in eastern Europe. This
stands as a clear reminder, that
despite the odds and the brutality
of one's oppressors, physical resistance
can be the only significant method
of survival. This is not to say that other
more passive, but clever, tactics cannot
stall or thwart immediate circum-
stances, but for a meaningful shift in
the conditions of horror, direct physical
insurgency is necessary. This reality
has always been the case. It can be
applied to and learned from every
liberation movement in history, from
slave revolts to the current Palestinian
As the U.S. continues on with their
plans for "Full Spectrum Domination",
we must not wait until we are on the
trains or in the camps before we
begin to resist. Their goals are clear,
and in fact, are consistent not only
with the hegemony of U.S. power, but
with civilization itself. The process of
domination and control is reaching its
ultimate state, and as we look into the
face of this malignancy and of the
possible end of all life, we must
recognize that we have nothing to
, lose and our lives to save. Protests,
rallies, and the petitioning of those
| who want us dead is not only futile,
t but naive and absurd. We must resist
J at all costs, even in the face of
certain death, because unless we do,
certain death is the best we can hope for.
8lt is important to remember, however,
that while we fight against those in
power, we must also fight against
power itself. Power and control are
what civilization is built upon, from
individuals to institutions. There are
too many examples of an oppressed
■ people becoming the oppressor, of
which the state of Israel is only one
current example. Unless we challenge
power fundamentally, the cycle of
violence and domination will always
be present, and tear at the fabric of
life. As we create a resistance to the
current, and likely most deadly, power
structure this planet has ever known,
we must do so by not only challenging
the contemporary faces of civilization,
but all that it is built upon.
The blue sky seems to be filled with flying
sbjects — stones and rocks, some catapulted by
an expert eleven-year-old, others thrown a few
eeble feet by a toddler. Tires are set alight, their
acrid fumes burning the eyes and nose. The
soldiers retaliate in a rush of gunfire and tear
gas. Now everyone is running, but a boy,
oerhaps ten years old, is caught. His screams
end the air as the soldiers' wooden truncheon
smashes into his back and legs. From nowhere,
i crowd of women come running like the Furies
at the soldier who has the boy. They surround
he pair, and the soldier, frightened, ceases beating.
le tries to ward off the women who are all
screaming that this is their son. In the confusion
3ne grabs the boy and hurries him away.
There is gunfire and shouting in the camp —
le soldiers are here. The mother kicks her
;ight-year-old son, sitting absorbed in the
exchange between his sister and the interpreter.
The boy jumps up, red-faced, and runs out. The
iterpreter explains: "She said 'Shame, get out
and fight with your brothers and sisters.'"
r his is the Intifada, the uprising
>y Palestinians begun in October 1987
against Israeli military occupation of the West
Jank and the Gaza Strip. One might be
jrgiven for thinking that the stones and lumps
jf rock, which constitute the main arsenal of the
ighters, would not qualify as weapons of
srror — especially against a well armed and
rained army. The Israeli soldiers, however,
lave decreed that anyone who throws a stone
[ an Israeli soldier is threatening state security.
The Intifada was temporarily suspended at
le outbreak of the war against Iraq, when
'alestinians living in the occupied territories
vere placed under almost continuous curfew.
U: the end of the war, however, the Intifada
vas reborn with a vengeance.
When I visited in the summer of 1989, it had
Deen in full swing: everyone appeared to be
lvolved, from stone-throwing toddlers to
sight-year-olds, but none more so than the
vomen. "They are worth ten men," said a camp
jmmander with a rueful grin.
Young girls constituted at least half the
hebab — the army of young people that hurled
lissiles at the soldiers. They were experts in
actics of street warfare and were treated as
quals by the boys. In the Gaza Strip, where
tie unrest began and where the pure white sand
vas blackened by fire, girls and boys, eight
/ears old and upwards, erected roadblocks of
jurned out cars, oil drums, and debris from the
amps before a demonstration began. Many
vere dressed from top to toe in black, their eyes
gleaming through slits in their hoods. Their
veapons were sticks and stones, slingshots and
oicycle chains. These small black figures called
iiemselves the "Ninja."
Dawn came on us like a betrayer; it seemed as though
the new sun rose as an ally of our enemies to assist in our
destruction. The different emotions that overcame us, of
resignation, of futile rebellion, of fear, or despair, now joined
together after a sleepless night in a collective, uncontrolled
panic. The time for meditation, the time for decision was
over, and all reason dissolved into a tumult, across which
flashed the happy memories of our homes, still so near in
time and space, as painful as the thrusts of a sword."
— Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
Someone will say it lasts but a year,
Three times four months;
I say those are days and nights
That are endless.
Every day — twelve hours,
Every night — seven hundred minutes,
Every minute — sixty seconds,
Each second with its load of pain and
— Written in Polish by an unknown Jewish
girl found at Auschwitz
"Scrolls of Testimony" is a moving chronicle of the Jewish Holocaust compiled by Abba
Kovner, who struggled with other Jewish resistance fighters against the Nazis in Vilna
and the woods of Lithuania. Kovner's testimony is interwoven with others' eyewitness
accounts, diary entries, poems, and even last wills and testaments.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
imiiikmmt A'!!! i
"The Intifada is my $on."
Palestinian women are well-aware that they are on the frontline in every
aspect of the Intifada. As the insurrection developed, and, tens of
thousands of men were detained by the military, women took over the
fight. With their men gone, there was no one else to do it,'butit.was more
than that. The women became aware of their importance, and they were no
longer prepared to be bystanders or widows. Participation was all.
They recognized, even as they fought, the similarities between
themselves. and the Algerian women in the war against French colonial
rule in 1958-1964. Then, Muslim women also carried weaponry under
their clothing and sacrificed their freedom and lives for the cause. After
independence was won, however, the men made sure they went back into
their home in the traditional role of Muslim wife — even to the extent of
being forced to wear the veil once more.
Palestinian women are thoroughly determined that they will not meet
the same fate once the battle is won... They have the Algerian example,
and they know their men. They are not prepared to be soldiers now and
second-class citizens later. Their battle for independence as women has to
be fought alongside with the Intifada, while they are in a position of power.
On general strike days, which occurred at least twice a week, the girls joined
the boys in stoning anyone driving a car or attempting to work. The shebab
was a fearful force, the girls possessing as deadly an aim with the stone or
Molotov as their brothers.
Fatin, a blond, blue-eyed ten year old from Al Jalazoun camp near Ramallah
on the West Bank mimed a hand-to-hand struggle she had with a soldier the
previous day. Her family had been given ten minutes to evacuate their home
before it was demolished as a "terrorist stronghold." Beside Fatin stood her
twenty-year-old sister, holding up X-rays, which showed two bullets lodged
in her chest — the result of being outside during a demonstration.
What of men, I asked her (Nadia). After all, there were thousands who had
not been detained. She chuckled, "Men, I am afraid to say, by about thirty-
five, are out of it: they get scared and they have responsibilities. They like to
talk politics, but they are bad at action." Other Palestinian women said the
same thing: that men liked to sit and talk and think they ruled the roost, but in
these days it was the women who acted.
Nadia gave me examples of women's bravery. One old woman went out
with the shebab on every demonstration carrying a big basket full of stones,
which she handed out to the children. Another old woman from Dehaisha
camp near Bethlehem, had had her home demolished because she sat on the
roof hurling slabs at soldiers. Then there was the tale of a woman in the same
camp who saved a four-year-old boy as he fled from the soldiers. The child
ran into her house, and she gathered him under her dress. When the soldiers
burst in to search for the boy, all they found was a woman sitting on the floor.
"You see, everyone does what he or she can. It is our way of life,
and until we have won, there is nothing else that is important."
I assume that all anarchists would agree that we want to put an end to every institution, structure and system of domination
and exploitation. The rejection of these things is, after all, the basic meaning of anarchism. Most would also agree that among
these institutions, structures and systems are the state, private property, religion, law, the patriarchal family, class rule...
In recent years, some anarchists have begun to talk in what appears to be broader terms of the need to destroy civilization.
This has, of course, led to a reaction in defense of civilization. Unfortunately, this debate has been mainly acrimonious,
consisting of name-calling, mutual misrepresentation and territorial disputes over the ownership of the label "anarchist,"
rather than real argumentation. One of the problems (although probably not the most significant one) behind this incapacity
to really debate the question is that very few individuals on either side of it have tried to explain precisely what they mean by
"civilization." Instead, it remains a nebulous term that represents all that is bad for one side and all that is good for the other.
In order to develop a more precise definition of civilization, it is worthwhile to examine when and where civilization is said
to have arisen and what differences actually exist between societies currently defined as civilized and those not considered as
such. Such an examination shows that the existence of animal husbandry, agriculture, a sedentary way of life, a refinement of
arts, crafts and techniques or even the simple forms of metal smelting are not enough to define a society as civilized (though
they do comprise the necessary material basis for the rise of civilization) . Rather what arose about ten thousand years ago in
the "cradle of civilization" and what is shared by all civilized societies but lacking in all those that are defined as "uncivilized"
is a network of institutions, structures and systems that impose social relationships of domination and exploitation. In other
words, a civilized society is one comprised of the state, property, religion (or in modern societies, ideology) , law, the patriarchal
family, commodity exchange, class rule — everything we, as anarchists, oppose.
To put it another way, what all civilized societies have in common is the systematic expropriation of the lives of those who
live within them. The critique of domestication (with any moral underpinnings removed) provides a useful tool for
understanding this. What is domestication if not the expropriation of the life of a being by another who then exploits that life
for her or his own purposes? Civilization is thus the systematic and institutionalized domestication of the vast majority of
people in a society by the few who are served by the network of domination.
Thus the revolutionary process of reappropriating our lives is a process of decivilizing ourselves, of throwing off our
domestication. This does not mean becoming passive slaves to our instincts (if such even exist) or dissolving ourselves in the
alleged oneness of Nature. It means becoming uncontrollable individuals capable of making and carrying out the decisions
that affect our lives in free association with others.
It should be obvious from this that I reject any models for an ideal world (and distrust any vision that is too perfect —
I suspect that there the individual has disappeared) . Since the essence of a revolutionary struggle fitting with anarchist ideals
is the reappropriation of life by individuals who have been exploited, dispossessed and dominated, it would be in the process
of this struggle that people would decide how they want to create their lives, what in this world they feel they can appropriate
to increase their freedom, open possibilities and add to their enjoyment, and
what would only be a burden stealing from the joy of life and undermining
possibilities for expanding freedom. I don't see how such a process could
possibly create any single, universal social model. Rather, innumerable ex-
periments varying drastically from place to place and changing over time
would reflect the singular needs, desires, dreams and aspirations of each and
So, indeed, let's destroy civilization, this network of domination, but not in
the name of any model, of an ascetic morality of sacrifice or of a mystical
disintegration into a supposedly unalienated oneness with Nature, but rather
because the reappropriation of our lives, the collective recreation of
ourselves as uncontrollable and unique individuals is the destruction of
civilization — of this ten thousand year old network of domination that has
spread itself over the globe — and the initiation of a marvelous and frightening
journey into the unknown that is freedom. . m nj ul Disobedience
from"the (garden of TecuCiarities"
by Jesus Sepulvida
The state exists because it territorializes
itself. It builds itself through colonizing
territorial expansion. This expansion comes
about through the forced deterritorialization
of the original inhabitants from the lands
that the state has appropriated. This
appropriation implies the mobilization of
military force that the state can use to
expand or maintain its territory. This has meant
wars and genocide. But the state also has its
experts to write history; they turn the facts around
so as to justify their atrocities and obligate
following generations to repeat the meaningless
official litanies written by the experts.
Education, then, is nothing more than the institution-
alization of disciplines of training and domestication,
a training ground where children and adolescents are
taught to perpetuate the dominant system. There they
learn to give way to the dominant order and they
begin the process of reification. On these parade
grounds or schools of social indocrination, the ideology
that legitimates the system is reproduced. New members
of society internalize a false consciousness which
inflates in them like a lung until everyone repeats with
more or less success the same discourse. Its idea is
that everyone says, dreams, and thinks that this is the
best of all possible worlds. And if it has its faults, it
doesn't matter because it can be made better. Thinking
anything different is to be part of the anarchistic ranks,
to go crazy or to call to insurrection. According to
Adorno, standardization obliges the subject to
choose between mercantilization or schizophrenia.
There is no exit from this binary mold.
In this society, preferring the garden to cement is seen
with distrust. And depending on the political wind of the
moment, this preference can cost one's life. When the
system breaks and sheep escape from the flock, prisons grow
with criminal efficiency, as well as coups d'etat, raids, tear
gas, repressive measures, war, etc. While all of this is occurring,
the state reinforces its propaganda through radio, television
and newspapers. And so the state materializes itself in the
minds of individuals.
Nation states assemble their repressive apparati — police and
military — to protect the transnationals and expand a lifestyle
of standardization based on the reduction of humans into
economic units of production and consumption. With this,
a new kind of territorialization and labor slavery is produced.
The technology and the goods that the global minority
dominant class uses are manufactured in sweatshops that
operate with the logic of exploitation. Schools and factories
are centers of control imposed by the state. In order to
abolish the state, it is necessary to abolish factories and
schools. The authoritarianism that the civilized order
reproduces in these institutions is responsible for ethnic
cleansing, political genocide, and social exploitation.
In order to construct a world without hierarchies, jails,
propaganda, or coups, it is necessary to sweep away the state.
And it depends on us to wipe it off the face of the earth.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
Fall of Ro
"One day shall come of haughty
Rome, a deserved blow from heaven.
You will be plundered and destroyed
and with wailing and gnashing
of teeth you will pay. "
- Cybeline Oracle
In these times I think it is important
and inspiring to remember the fall of
Rome, as parable and as analogy.
Rome is remembered as the greatest of ancient
civilizations. Its accomplishments are
celebrated just as the so-called advancements
of this civilization, at the expense of the
world, are trumpeted. From the beginning,
Rome had built its empire by conquest and
force of arms. It was ruthless in its lust for
power, and "insatiable in its ambition",
defining qualities characteristic of all
civilization itself. Rome was an imperialist
empire, as they all are, that controlled a great
part of their known world and expanded
continually through conquest and coloni-
zation. The Empire amassed huge armies of
slaves needed to build up the monster and
on whose backs the empire was founded.
But the enslaved and humiliated barbarians
were tired of it. As Rome waged its wars of
conquest, rebellion plagued the empire and
demanded constant repression.
I do not though make a distinction
between different or separate civilizations.
There are different cultures and societies,
different variations, but there is only one
civilization. All the civilized societies for
the last 10,000 years are all part of the
same monster, the same pathology. I only
use Rome as an example. For at the time
it was the most egregious example of
Just like the US, Rome engendered
extreme contempt from its neighbors and
colonies. At the height of its imperial reign,
dislike for the Roman Empire also reached
a peak. Resentment festered on the periphery.
Not only were people degraded by Rome's
colonization of them, but also Roman officials'
flaunting of their wealth made them
contemptuous and jealous. Romans always
reveled in grandiose displays of power. They
rode gold plated chariots through the streets
with gold woven into their clothes attending
lavish parties celebrating their excess.
Americans drive around in their SUV's with
diamond rings and fancy clothes, all created
from the slave labor of their colonies.
Americans conquer and slaughter people all
over the world, then redirect all their riches
and resources back to US corporations. This
leaves the people unable to supply themselves
with what is left and unable to live self-
sufficiently, forcing them to depend on the
colonizer. And we wonder why we are hated?
We, the Romans, are living in plenty off the
blood soaked stolen riches of our conquered
and colonized victims.
"I have no more faith than a grain of
mustard in the future of 'civilization '.
I know now it is doomed to destruction —
probably before very long. What a joy it is
to think of and how often it consoles me
to think of barbarism once more flooding
the world, with real feelings and passions —
however rudimentary — taking the place
of our wretched hypocrisies. "
- William Morris
It should be no surprise that the local Roman
viceroy parading his riches through the streets
would earn the hatred directed against the rulers
and governors and all they represent. A later
consequence of this was that the civilized
rulers of peoples that Rome had colonized
grew jealous and demanded that Rome share
its wealth. This led several such non-Roman
rulers, referred to as barbarians, yet as
civilized as any Roman governor, to revolt
and attack Rome demanding a portion of its
spoils. Coincidentally, this was the situation
with the famous barbarian group that sacked
Rome in 410 AD that supposedly started the
decline of the Roman Empire. The leader of
that Gaelic tribe, Alaric, was an intellectual, a
thoroughly civilized man who was well read in
all the classical works, who spoke Latin
fluently and was a great respecter of Rome.
He enjoyed the respect of Roman officials and
was thought of as noble by them. He thought
he and his people deserved a slice of the pie of
Rome's riches. So he ordered his armies to
attack Rome from the north and surprisingly
met with little to no resistance. His forces were
even welcomed at times, as the poor of the
Roman cities/colonies sided with him and his
armies hoping for a reprieve from the
oppressive Roman order. He made it all the
way to the city of Rome itself and demanded
huge ransoms of gold, silver, crops, and iron
when his protests were not heard. His forces
were held at bay outside the defended city until
slaves within Rome opened up the gates and
let the barbarians in.
It was inconceivable that the very city of
Rome itself in the heart of the empire could be
attacked and destroyed. Romans thought the
capital untouchable and never thought they
might be vulnerable or that they could be
victims themselves. It awakened Rome to the
threat its cruel policies created. This attack was
an omen of catastrophe.
As Rome grew so too did the rest of the world's
hatred of it. Just as Americans do now, Rome faced
increasing hostility from the rest of the world it
sought to dominate. Before September 1 1th, anti-
US sentiment was at an all time high. With
America's new fumbling puppet ruler, son of a
former dictator hated for his own bloody rule,
America's arrogance and brutality were brought to
the surface and made easier to see for what it is.
With America's blocking of the Kyoto protocol,
which was a world wide attempt to slow down
the industrial emissions of greenhouse gasses,
(a pitiful liberal reform attempt at using
legislation techniques to stop industrialism's
destruction of the planet) world wide frustration
directed at the Imperial entity that is driving
life on earth towards death rose to a high
public pitch. US covert actions and backing
of ruthless dictators has earned us the reputation
of brutal overlords, and caused great disliking
of America for years. Likewise, Rome's
military conquests built up enemies of Rome
that grew in ranks as the campaigns of
conquest continued. These people fought back,
waging more and more attacks on the evil
empire. Resistance to Rome became more
successful when barbarian soldiers who were
forced to serve in the Roman army returned
to their home and used their new military
knowledge against the colonizer they
learned it from.
Nature itself seemed to be
conspiring against the empire.
Other things of note brought Rome to its
demise. Rome had other bills to pay. The
chickens did come home to roost in Rome
in the various attacks and raids, revolts,
uprisings and power struggles. But they
also came from nature, which Rome had
overtaxed beyond its limits. It was time for
Rome to pay up on the debt it had borrowed
from the ecosystem. The aqueducts that are
acclaimed as so technologically advanced,
that earned Rome such high respect from
modern civilization and that set Rome apart
in history; drained the water reservoirs that
once quenched its diabolical thirst. These
water sources that allowed so many to live
sedentary lives so unnaturally in huge
numbers, crowded into cities made of dried
earth, eventually ran out and stopped feeding
this crazed juggernaut. The natural
aquifers had been drained, and the
ecosystems that thrived in them destroyed.
The roads Rome are famous fori
destroyed ecosystems across its empire.
These roads allowed for easy transport of
military personnel, trade, and the everyday
managing of the empire. They separated
intact ecosystems, disrupted animals'
territories, and created artificial boundaries
that affected essential animal behavior.
Furthermore, they created water runoff
problems and erosion. The roads, which
allowed Rome to grow and maintain its
empire, contributed to an ecological disaster. .,
The needle moves inside the vein,
piercing the skin, sliding into the 1
The blood flows around it,
and is extracted into the tube
filled with the boiled down mixture:
feu. u cyua^iymi ^ai u ucyfJciauiuii;
the mixture of misery
and loneliness, i
The finger pushes down,
releasing full force into the lifeblood
what takes the place of
His eyes roll back,
the relief is moving through her body,'
the lust for life subsides
this is the death of dreams.
Around this body,
this frightened and confused soul,
is a box:
four walls, a ceiling and a floor.
The box is a box within a box.
The whole world of this soul
is enslaved: without bars,
without knowing. .
But the soul knows something 1
is there. ~ J
Bars surround, and the soul knows --
The soul searches for a way out,
But is misguided by what
it is told,
buried in the Future
of the box builders.
I can't say I know
what he felt,
as she injected
a syringe full of lost hope
into the desperate veins,
of the tattered soul.
I know the box,
I know the builders,
I know what the soul
for the message is
It seeks to destroy
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The boiled down
5 mixture of cryi
fear, confusion, lust,
> desire, angst, and love,
is just what
happens to those who
don't share the
- in the eyes of the builders.
The message is built into
To the builders,
death is to be eliminated.
The builders build
so that they will exist
It pushes down
so that they will
build for the builders.
It destroys the dreamers
by creating "Forever".
The builders think
only of "Futures. "
They fear life,
because life has
beauty in the moment,
and all moments end.
The dreamers dream,
but the dream is not
separate. It is
The dreamers find a
world of possibilities,
and exist as is.
The builders have
lost their ability
to dream, and so
they search the
The search does not
end at thought, but
is carried out.
It builds space ships,
He is in another
world now, searching
through a field of
ten-point programs, school,
excess. . .
She is hoping
to find something,
to believe in,
because, to them, there is
nothing left in
plastic. . . . )
The escape flows
through the veins,
the sacred body,
has been violated.
The eyes roll back,
the body convulses,
he was once told, moved
through healthy forests,
(thicker than imaginable)
under a sky full of passenger pigeons,
surrounded by thick herds of bison,
air that never hurt to breathe,
water that didn't destroy
your insides as you drank it.
To her, this world
is only a tale,
a Disney movie at best.
He was never that hunter
and she never that gatherer.
Their world is much smaller
The world they had
heard of, read about,
that place of !
possibilities and life
is not here for them.
The builders have
that there is no place for |
dreams in "real life. "
Truly, the heritage of Rome is a desert. It
clear-cut the forests in its colonies just as surely
as it did its own. Civilization's touch destroys
nature wherever it goes. Over-hunting, and agri-
cultural attempts to feed the massive population
i depleted the "natural resources" (a civilized word
for plants and animals). Soil erosion and
salinization by agriculture sometimes led to the
inability to feed the population, and it contributed
> in the long run to the collapse of the empire.
"Words cannot express how bitterly
we will be hated among foreign
nations because of the outrageous
conduct of the men we have sent to
govern them. All the provinces are
complaining about Roman greed and
Roman injustice. I remind you
gentlemen, Rome will not be able to
hold out against the whole world. I do
not mean against its power
and arms at war, but
against its groans, tears,
and lamentations. "
Rome was the greatest empire
in the world because it was ever expanding.
It grew to encompass all the land bordering the
Mediterranean Sea, into Africa, the Middle East
as far as the Caspian Sea. It extended far to the
north throughout France and deeply into
England. But the empire overextended itself. It
grew so big that even with its many tentacles it
could not maintain control. The empire had
become unmanageable. Its armies could not be
everywhere at once, and took too long crossing
the empire when needed. It became impossible
to maintain order so far from the capital.
Rome, as a large and complex society, had a
huge bureaucracy. Bureaucracies reproduce
themselves, and are ever growing. Eventually,
the bureaucracy grew so large that it became
unmanageable, it grew top heavy, and
crumbled under its own weight. Getting food
and provisions to the armies on the frontier
became harder as the frontiers expanded
further out. Orders took too long to get to the
far reaches of the empire and direct control
'became impossible. When Rome fell it was
waging wars on all sides, defending all its
borders. On a parallel note, we are seeing a
rise in attacks directed against America and
its symbols and monuments of power.
I think something that should not go unnoted
are the slave revolts within Rome. Rome's
slaves outnumbered its citizens two to one in
some places, so great attention was needed to
keep them in control. Slaves were feared by
the aristocracy who knew that if given the
chance, many would slit their throats while
they slept. The truth in the situation was
expressed in the old proverb "Every slave is
an enemy", showing that the Romans knew
they were despised by their slaves.
Of course, a huge factor in the fall of Rome
was the struggle for power. Late in Rome's
history the Empire split between the East and
the West. It is worth noting that it was in one
of these struggles for power that emperor
Constantinople reportedly saw the vision of a
burning cross in the sky with the words
"In hoc signo vinces", "By this sign you will
conquer". He had the cross painted on the
shield of his army and was victorious against
his rival for power in a bloody battle outside
of Rome. This was the first in a long line of
violent battles fought for power under that sign,
the cross. When his armies were victorious he
converted to Christianity and declared it a
legal religion in Rome, giving it the legitimacy
and boost it needed to rise to power and
become the agent of destruction that it did.
Before this, Christianity was a small unpopular
cult. This move to make it legally accepted not
only spelled disaster for the world and its future,
but also even for Rome itself.
The largest way in which Christianity
aided Rome's downfall was the role it played
in the bureaucratic split between East and West
Rome. Part of the reason Constantine moved
the capital to
because Rome was
still mostly Pagan
and not Christian.
The division into
two empires, really
Dioclesian, was an
attempt to stop the
decline of the
empire. The split
collapse because it
created a large
number of addi-
b u reaucracies.
These added to the
weighing on the
empire. This was
possibly the only
zealots hurt civili-
zation instead of
It wasn't long until Christianity produced the
first ascetic monks, which should be no
surprise since in this new religion suffering
was a mark of holiness. They practiced self-
deprivation and a rigid renunciation of desire.
It effectively tamed desire and instinct.
Christianity directly embodied the values of
civilization. Constantine later used Christianity
to unify the empire because it
preached the values that civilization
is based on: obedience, discipline,
and monotheism. Constantine ruled
with absolute power and saw himself
as the thirteenth apostle. Soon there
were over sixty decrees outlawing
other religions and Christianity took
no time developing its oppressive
patterns for years to come.
The Western Roman Empire
centered at the original
capital at Rome fell first
in 476 AD, followed a
few centuries later by
the Rome of the East,
and then rose again as
part of the Byzantine
While stands the
Rome shall stand;
When falls the
Rome shall fall;
And when Rome falls
- the World.
- Lord Byron
With their world collapsing into chaos, the
Roman's thirst for macabre distraction grew.
Rome celebrated its anniversary and its victory
over Romania in the most fitting way, with 117
continuous bloody days of ongoing gladiatorial
games in the Coliseum in which 9,000 gladiators
died and countless more animals were slaughtered,
while barbarians hammered at the walls and
rebellion broke out in the provinces. In fact,
distraction was a key feature of Rome. Intent
to distract themselves, most Romans "did not
notice the social fabric shredding around
them". The Roman rulers learned early on the
value of appeasement in controlling the people,
and in keeping them distracted. Rome's most
effective means of doing this was "Bread and
Circuses". The "Bread and Circuses" was the
government giving the people what they
wanted, to keep them happy. The Roman
government gave out food to the poor to keep
them content, a daily ration of food and small
sum of money, and provided lavish entertainment
to divert their attention.
The great gladiatorial games of Rome were
part of Rome's methods of distracting and
controlling the people. Even the poorest people
could at least look down on those punished in
the Coliseum. These games and competitions
served the purpose that T.V. does now. Most
emperors spent huge sums of public money
keeping the people amused. The Coliseum
itself was built as a gift to the people, and
admittance was free. It was an attempt to buy
off the people. The events were ultra spectacles.
The gladiators, from the word gladus for sword,
went to great lengths to keep the crowd
entertained and distracted. When the gladiators
fought they made it as dramatic as they could
to increase the spectacle, making large swings
with their weapons when they weren't necessary.
It is easy to see how important the games
were to the rulers; there was an amphitheater
in every Roman town. In fact, an amphitheater
was seen as essential to every roman city,
along with a market place, theater, and courthouse.
The word coliseum itself comes from the word
Colossus. The famous arena was actually
named the Coliseum during the Middle Ages,
after the colossal statue of Nero that stood
beside it. But its real name at the time of its
use was the Flavian Amphitheatre.
The Coliseum held 60,000 spectators, more
than most of the modern stadiums. The
amphitheater in the city of Pompeii held 5
times more people than its total population.
But the immense popularity of this form of
distraction is best exemplified by the size of
the Circus Maximus. The Circus Maximus was
the circular racing arena, also in the city of
Rome, where the chariot races took place.
It held 200,000 spectators!
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The builders buried their cha
They started building by
pushing tools into -toe soil
taming. . .
The builders came from
millions of years
of being an evolutionary,
a part of the community of
Its hard to say
why they began diggi
pushing, developing, '
enslaving. . .
but we are left with
this, their legacy,
The search for life, di
ends in tragedy,
only to be me
by the professional de^
They mate movies, sitcom
Our pain, our death,
is all potential profit.
We bond to share an
experience, this experience.
We desperately seek
and with all the high tech
we grab nothing but emptiness
with the mild sense of hope. . .
The eyes roll back,
the fists move,
the anger is unleashed,
the stranger has just left
the scene, leaving only a
body count. . .
the professionals are left
to piece together
the "real life" tragec
they are only a part of the pro
cities are built, people
ished together so close that they
have nothing left of them- selves
anymore, it drives a dreamer crazy,
but the craziness is actually
ends" are tidied up. it is gift
wrapped and sold and exchanged and
taught to say "thank you" and "appreciate"
when something "good" is done.
morals, manners, lessons,
ethics: all fancy names for obedience,
law and order.
The builders start a new thing:
They are now engineers, leaders,
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To build an efficient Future,
ver mind millions of y
never mind the millions of
co-existed and dreamed and embraced
chaos without annihilating each other,
or enslaving, or oppressing, or creating
systems, governments, cities,
a£rTvfr>ii1+.iiT»s. ffinneo. oiVhonl o. ■poado.
railroads, bikes, jobs, factories, and
Animals were used extensively in the Coliseum
games. The animals were there to wonder at,
to fear, to dominate, and to die. They were wild,
captivating spectacles from beyond the order
of civilization, captured at civilization's edges.
The frontiers had been pushed out so far that
there was little exposure to the other, the
savage for the average Roman. So when
exotic animals were brought back from
Rome's distant campaigns, it offered a unique
chance to behold that novelty. It seems
that the animals represented wildness
as a whole. Scenery in the Coliseum
would be changed to replicate the world
that the beast was from to reenact the
hunt. This was done to recreate the
process of conquering the wild, the
ritual of civilization.
The crowds had such an appetite for
exotic animals that many of the animals
used for coliseum games were hunted
to extinction. A whole species of
African elephant was among many
^iZATlnu^ ma ^ e extinct. In a humorous letter,
Cicero discusses the shortage of wild
animals to be captured in the province
of which he was provincial governor:
"there is a remarkable shortage of the
animals, and only a few of 'those
^ panthers' remain". The stench of death
at the coliseum became so over-
whelming that they tried to cover it
up with a system of sprinklers spraying
perfume throughout the stadium. I am
reminded of all the myriad ways in
which the stench of death that
civilization carries with it are covered
over, or ignored.
An interesting analogy between
Roman culture and American is that
the gladiators were seen as sports heroes
are today. They were admired by children and
some small toys of gladiators were found.
Many statues of famous gladiators had figures
of wild animals as their penis, making clear
the connection between patriarchy, domination,
They start thinking further ahead,
"If not now, when?"
anything is possible, so they will do
to ensure that they aren't affected:
nevermind the dreams. .
What they build are pyramids,
monuments to themselves.
And they crown themselves
and each other, craft
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All things, all distractions.
The dreamers are a
potential for labor.
There's no benefit in
them to carry on as they were.
They create slavery,
they create slaves,
they justify slavery,
they convince us that it is good,
except this time they call it:
individualism, freedom, quality of life,
they call this dreams.
The builders did more than
Iust plant instead of forage,
hey created a new being,
they tried to stop the world
in its tracks and create a new
thing, hierarchies form, property
is created, linear is emerging, life
is being pushed aside for Future.
lines are put across the
planet, and militaries are created
to enforce them, we stop being one,
and the world is against us. we fear,
we make laws, we enforce them, we go
to war, we make steel tools, weapons,
and we don't stop, we don't learn,
we tear apart this planet, our
home, it starts here.
nations are drawn up and
invaded, peoples trying to live are
buried up to their head in the sand,
and a game is made of kicking them
off. whole tribes are torn from each
other and their home, they are
overcrowded on ships and sent over to
be cheaper slaves, auctioned off,
legalized, illegalized (read: renamed),
she snorts her dreams,
he stops eating
because he thinks he looks fat,
she is suffering from liver damage,
he collapsed coming home from work,
she has breast cancer,
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she can't take it,
and he beat her up
because he can't take it either.
She is locked up
because her searching wasn't
the right option
... in the eyes of the builders.
She knows he is dying,
and she doesn't know what to do about it.
He is confident that her options
are the best.
They are convinced that they
So they roll their joy
up and burn it into their lungs,
while their dream world is
burned into their brain,
through their eyes, ears, veins. . .
He doesn't even hear
the hum of machines any more,
and she plays music full blast
because its too quiet.
they grasP on and ride full speed,
searching. . .
The fate of the builders' Future
is not hard to imagine.
They can take erode our
dreams, and push us into History,
but we can see where their
story (the anti-myth) ends.
It has happened before,
and it will happen again,
because the builders
arenDt capable of stopping,
or wondering, or being,
they push along,
pushing all of us along.
Tacitus said in the 2nd century A.D.,
"Robbery, murder, are all disguised
under the Name Empire"
As Rome grew, so too did the gap between
rich and poor. "A cruel inequality that would
haunt the empire till its very end". Rome was
booming from spoils of war and nature.
If you were rich
enough to enjoy it,
life in Rome was
indeed like the
Rome we hear of.
But for most, it was
a life of squalor.
Class lines were
rigidly drawn, and
the classes was
were two main
classes, the Plebian
class made up
mostly of Roman
farmers and the
poor, and the
who were the
nobles. All the
officials in Rome
were from the
The richest were
wealthy as the
empire itself, but most of the inhabitants were
packed into small multi-story apartments. Behind
the splendor of the Forum where the Senate
met, there were vast areas of crowded slums.
The wars of expansion had brought wealth and
slaves. A half million slaves were taken from
the conquest of Carthage alone. 10,000 slaves
a day were brought in through Rome's main
port. At its peak 1 in 3 people in Rome was a
slave. Until the 5th century B.C. Rome was
dotted by family farms, but small family farms
were driven out by the large estates that started
developing and came to dominate the landscape.
The small farmers couldn't compete with the
large estates that employed slave labor. It was
also common for some peasants to return from
compulsory military service to find that their
land had been bought or stolen by aristocrats.
Soon the peasants were displaced and drifted
into the cities, creating a new urban underclass.
This caused the city of Rome to grow to 7
million people, the largest city in Europe until
the Industrial Revolution. No jobs were
available because the huge slave population
was used to perform the needed tasks. But
thousands of hungry citizens would have been
a threat to the peace of the city. So the government
set up a program to feed the poor called the
"dole", a daily ration of food and small sum
of money. Soon, half the people living in the
cities were given the grain dole. One-fourth
of the grain from Africa was given to the
poor of Rome. 70-80% of the population
relied on one grain.
"Our history now plunges from a
kingdom of gold, to one of Iron and rust"
- Eutropius, Roman historian,
end of 3rd century A.D.
It is very interesting that Rome ultimately fell
because of civilization itself. In fact, one of
civilization's most basic tenets led to its
collapse. The characteristic feature of
civilization is displacement. Shut out by the
Chinese landlords, the Huns had no option but
to move west. As they moved they pushed all
tribes in their path west as well. This cycle of
displacement continued and many groups were
pushed as far west as they could go and were
pushed up against Rome's eastern borders.
Expanding civilizations elsewhere displaced
the famous barbarians that attacked Rome
in the last few centuries.
From 235A.D. to 285 A.D., a strong epidemic,
declining supply of wheat, and barbarian
invasions marked the beginning of the
decline of the Roman Empire. The last
emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was disposed
of the throne. It is very interesting that the
first and the last Emperors of Rome were
named Romulus. The first president of the
United States was named George, the
current president is also named George. . .
might he also be the last?
The fall of Rome was a magnificent event.
An event to be celebrated, as it was the
collapse of what was
at the time the most
and brutal society.
Rome fell slowly, over
a period of centuries.
Civilization is collaps-
ing, ever degenerating.
sometimes in fits of
and social break-
down. America is also
falling. But America is
much larger an empire
than Rome was, and
all its vices, habits,
Rome in destructive-
ness. Its obsessions
the modern techno-
industrial empire all
the more unsustainable.
The fall of Rome
should be instructive. The contempt, jealousy,
and hatred from its oppressed and colonized,
the destruction of its ecological base, its
over-extended empire, and top heavy
bureaucracy all led to its fall. I propose that
modern civilization has surpassed even
Rome in all these factors. The only thing
keeping this corpse propped up is its ability,
superior to any variant of civilization so
far, to convince its subjects to maintain
faith in it through over domestication,
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and also to achieve more and more technological
advances that keep its decaying systems alive.
Technological medicine helped fight the plethora of
diseases ravaging the citizens of industrial
civilization that surely would have ended it and yet
will still bring it to its knees. "Advancements" in
agriculture, like poisoning the land and water with
fertilizers and domesticating and manipulating the
genes that make up the very essence of life, have made
it possible to feed over-populated human cities with
an unsustainable food source that is quickly failing.
The list goes on and on. Without these techno-fixes
civilization would have ended as it should have, but
none of these is anything but a quick fix whose shallow
solutions will fail and lose their glossy image. So,
yes, this death machine that is western civilization
will ultimately collapse, it's just a matter of when.
Kingdoms fall, cities perish,
And of what Rome once was
Nothing remains except an empty name.
Only the fame and honor of those things,
Sought out in learned books,
Escape the funeral pyres.
— Florent Schoonhoven
Though there is much to learn from the fall of Rome,
my point here is not to warn us that we must change
our ways or suffer the same fate as Rome. This is not
a warning or plea to change when I say that we face
the same dangers as did Rome. I am instead trying
to show that there may yet be hope for this awful
When Rome collapsed it was followed by the Dark
Ages. Although labeled such by the prophets of this
civilization for its backwardness and slow techno-
logical progress, the Dark Ages were a period of a
sort of proto-modern civilization, a horrible era not
any better than what followed or preceded it. Will a
similar "dark ages" follow the American Empire's
collapse? We need to work hard to make sure that
when America and the civilization it leads does
collapse, we dance on its ashes, to stomp out any
and all trace of the tendency called civilization to
ensure that an era of freedom and harmony will follow.
there is an inherent flaw in civilization,
and that has brought it down before and will
again, the builders think that they can remove
themselves from wildness' our true being, they
think because they are capable of manipulation,
that it will last.
they put up fences, maintain roads, rake
leaves, mow lawns, put up buildings, pull out
weeds. . . but wildness does not stop, it knows
no Time, no Future, no Boundaries, and it will
continue to seep through the cracks and destroy
the monuments and empires.
the silt that brought life to
the (once) Fertile Crescent
(cradle of civilization)
sustained in ways that
no Science or "Management -
could ever reproduce.
the Mesopotamians thought
it could last forever,
and so they built, dammed,
ordered and directed
the flow of the great Kile,
just as the hundreds of dams
infecting the veins of the earth
Their empires grew and fell,
and the soil gave way.
It seems Science and Reason
can never replicate "Nature,"
because it has lost the
understanding of life.
Their domesticated animals
inject their hooves
onto depraved and overgrazed fields.
multiply through their confinement,
carrying on throughout the wafter
and infect all of us.
(depraved of all immunity
by eating chemicals and
antibiotics, wiping out
our ability to cleanse
I am among
generations of potential dreamers
lost to the grinding noise
of civilizations' death.
And those who are injecting,
plugging in, shooting off,
drinking and eating it, p^
are my brother, my sister, my f riendt!3|
family, lover, stranger, ^^tesiill
our planet, our lo8jjl|§|j||j|
my dreams .• my life.
I breathe the toxins
of (union, eco-f riendly)
I drink the (piss and shit) water
I eat the (organic) filth
The cancer spreads rampantly
Destroying anything in
The forests are cleared
for more grazing land
the water is destroyed.
the soil no longer pr
the people starve and
power changes hands
tightens the leash, and
I live the death
while it devours itself,
around and of me.
This world, this burden
pushed upon me
is eating me alive.
Killing the dreams of
Sucking the hope of
all of us.
t ich has taken my birth
[A the community my
e being once knew.
see the slaves
themselves trying to*
while it can never
be fixed, only
I see a world of dreams-
that await outside its
I see millions of
for just that one chance
I see this world
and I am told to maintain it
it is my inheritance!
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The primary section in this issue is on symbolic culture. We feel
very strongly about the subject and feel that it remains a kind of
academic or fringe obscurity while it is central to understanding
the existence of civilization. It seems that any act of liberation
will require a turn on this totalistic world view that we've been
Despite the enormous efforts and focus of anarchists like John
Zerzan, a critique of symbolic thought/culture tends to get shoved
to the side when talking about practical means of destroying civili-
zation and reconnecting to wildness. When we brought up the idea
of doing a focus on symbolic culture, we were criticized for picking
a 'timeless' and 'academic' philosophy that had no direct relation
to dealing with the problems we face. Obviously we feel the opposite.
How can trying to understand and revolt against the way we
(the civilized) interact with the world be considered unimportant?
The topic really couldn't be timelier. In this time of State conflicts
and seeing how Bush could very well be giving civilization a final
shove (albeit on a potentially nuclear level) it becomes all the
more important to question what the protagonist may be. It is
vital to realize that every bit of propaganda that comes out
(and my, how surreal that has gotten...) is nothing but a
complete show of how symbolic culture functions. While capitalism
is the current face of civilization, the spectacle is the current face
of symbolic culture. We have the media (consolidated spectacle)
contorting the way we deal with others and trivializing our
existence and people eat it up so long as we are preoccupied with
Our goal here is to draw upon a critique of the totality of civilized
thought, symbolic culture, as a pivotal part of our relations and movement
towards liberation. The focus here is to expose all the underlying aspects
of civilized, and even most 'revolutionary', perception and question at the
source. The continued existence of civilization carries on through an
infection of the being from cradle to grave (literally). We hope the
critiques given here will encourage others to work with these concepts
and social relations. To destroy civilization, we must seek it out in its
totality. We hope this issue will be another step towards total liberation.
The other sections in this issue are ones we hope will remain constants
and that all you folks reading this will contribute to. Those are: revolution
and insurrection and explorations of anarchy and anthropology/
archaeology. We feel that there is much talk about ideas of destroying
civilization, but much of the debate has been in the terms of those seeking
to seize state power, whereas we feel liberation will only come through
the abolition of power. This section is a starting point to opening up
practical ideas of bringing this about.
The 'exploration' section opens questions about the 'sacred cow' of
anthropology. We realize that the anarcho-primitivist critique of civilization
is generally considered dependent upon this field. We realize that
anthropology is a science, and therefore shaped by the problems that come
with it. This section began with the essay 'anarcho-primitivism beyond
anthropology and archaeology' from Species Traitor #2, and with an
interview with anarcho-primitivist archaeologist Theresa Kintz and some
more about the limits and uses of anthropology.
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GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
Godfrey Reggio could be described, simply, as a
documentarian. However, his experimental, non-
narrated films go far beyond the simplistic mode of
information-based moving pictures. Instead of numbers,
charts and equations we are presented with inscrutable
human faces, immersed in the technological world
through which they travel. Stunning natural oases of
water and land barricade the ominous enormity of
industrialism, which crashes and storms with the
surges of Phillip Glass' minimalist orchestral score.
Challenging, but never high-minded, encompassing
but never elitist, Reggio has finally concluded the Qatsi
trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi) with
the theatrical release of Naqoyqatsi. Each film deals
with, respectively, the perspectives as regards
technology within the first world, the third world and
the digital world, to be very brief.
Founded 33 years ago, Reggio has worked in a
"non-ideological, mutual aid collective" which
operated without wage labor and focused on living
life creatively. Its members have managed to retain
creative control over their films despite substantial
contracts with MGM, which has released the Qatsi
DVDs. He and his teams' creative approach to
cataloguing and debunking the industrial division of
labor is unprecedented in the documentary tradition.
Reggio's work, in particular Koyaanisqatsi, is notable
to Green Anarchists as one of the first films to question
technology as a totality. In
his own words, "The idea
was to mainline in the
vascular structure of the
beast this form, which was
created by technology, to
question technology. In
other words, these are not
environmental films, these
are films more about the
presence of technology as
a new and comprehensive
host of life and three different
points of view about it. " The
current film, Naqoyqatsi, will
finish its theatrical run on
January 24 and arrive in a
three-DVD set with the rest
of the films in 2004. Reggio
has no current plans to create
films after the end of the
Ski: Could you give us some
brief background on your life in the context of what
brought you to critiquing technological processes
through film? What experiences, thoughts or words
influenced your path ?
Godfrey Reggio: Well, I think for all of us there's a
line, even though it's quite crooked, that gives, as it were,
some testament to who we are and what we do. In my
case, I grew up in a very stratified society of New
Orleans. At the age of 13/14, I decided to throw in the
towel, that it was all too crazy, not so interesting. I was
getting burnt out. At a young age, living in the fat as it
were, I decided to go away and become a monk. So I
left home. My parents were not too excited about that,
and I stayed out for 14 years, having taken final vows as
a Christian brother. In effect, got to live in the middle ages
during the 1950s and learned crazy things, like the mean-
ing of life is to give, not to receive, that we should be in
the world but not of it. All these things I think, certainly
influenced me. I'm very grateful for that highly disciplined,
very rugged way of life, that would make the marine corp
look like the boy scouts. So I think that had a big
influence on me. During the course of that time, I saw a
film called Los Olvidados by Luis Bunuel, the forgotten
one, so The Young and the Damned, the first film he made
in Mexico after being kicked out of Franco Spain. It was
so moving to me that it was the equivalent of a spiritual
experience. I was at that time working with street gangs.
This film was about the street gangs in Mexico City, I
was working with street gangs in Northern New Mexico.
It moved me to the quick, it wasn't entertainment, it was
something that was an event that touched me and hundreds
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
and hundreds of gang members that saw it. We bought a
16mm copy and I guess I've seen the film a couple
hundred times. So that motivated me to look towards
film as a medium of direct action. Now, film is usually not
seen as that. I don't see it as entertainment in my case,
I hope it can be a vehicle for direct action. That's how I
became involved, it was also during that time that I had
the good fortune to meet Ivan I Mich , lllich was a priest at
that time, I don't know if you know who lllich is.
Ski: I do.
GR: Ok, he's just passed away by the way, December
the 2nd. So I had the good fortune to become a confidant
of his, at a young age I used to do my religious retreats in
Mexico at his think tank. Got a great appreciation for, I
guess, being sensitive to different points of view about
what could be done for social change. His point of view
was much more radical than, say, the radical left of the
country, which was anti-war, social justice and a good
dose of socialism or communism. His radicalism was way
beyond that, it was much more fundamental. It had to do
with the very nature of society and institutions, not just
who controls them, which is kind of the communist mantra.
So I had the opportunity to be in the presence of a great
teacher, who was also a great activist. So I think those
things impelled me to the position I'm in now.
Ski: One of the influences you've noted at the end
is Jacques Ellul,
of technology is
with a Christian
yourself, were once
a Christian monk.
Do you feel that a
critique of the
logical order is
effective in a
GR: Yes I do, now
let's talk a little bit
about his critique.
This was a man who
was not accepted by
either the organized
religions of his day or
the left of France.
He was persona
non-grata from the left and the right, much like Wilhelm
Reich was persona non-grata of the left and right of
Germany. Here was a man who, more than any single
individual, has contributed to our understanding of the
nature of technology not as something we use but as
something we live. For Jacques Ellul, technology is the
new and comprehensive host of life, the new environment
of life. The problem with that statement is that our
language hasn't caught up to the profundity of the thought,
our language has become assumptive and no longer, in
my opinion, describes the world in which we live. Ellul
bore great criticism, if not persecution for his ideas, from
the left as well as the right, because like Ivan lllich, who
made statements like "Freedom is the ability to say 'no'
to technological necessity", Jacques Ellul described our
greatest act of freedom as to know that which controls
our behavior. So both of these men were on very similar
tracts, both of them were way outside the sphere of
organized right and left, both of them were way to the left
of the left. His ideas on the environment, you could call
them Christian, but I wouldn't, certainly he was a theologian
and he wrote many books on the word of god from his
own point of view, but his stuff can certainly stand. His
book for example, The Technological Society, his first
book, 1949 I think it was really written and released here
sometime in the mid 50s, that book is a solid philosophical,
sociological text about the nature of technique. It's light
years beyond anything being written now. I think, if I'm
not mistaken, the University of California at Berkeley has
acquired the rights to his full library, all of his notes, his
books, and they have in there a great gem.
Ski: What was the impetus to initiate the Qatsi trilogy?
What motivations brought you, a person not
associated with film into the director's chair?
GR: Street gangs for many years, as a brother. I became
convinced that, while there are a few loonies that probably
would hurt anybody under any condition, most people
are good. I believe that, it's my experience that most
people are good, it's not something I believe, it's
something I know. If you tell somebody they're a shit,
they'll probably behave like a shit. If you tell somebody
they're great, they might achieve greatness. I think that's
the fragility of who we are. We live in a world not of this
or that but this and that. So after working with street gangs
for quite a long time, I realized that the context in which
people of poverty have to try to work out how to live in
this society is very cruel. I didn't start this project to set
up an institution that would live forever. It was a response
to an immediate situation, and I left to pursue film as a
form of direct action, now by that I mean the following;
since people are at the public trough of cinema, either
through television or in the theater itself, I felt, what better
place to put another idea out? Not in the form of language,
but in the form of image and music. Let me explain that
it's not for lack of love for the language that my films
have no words. It's because of my, I guess, tragic thought
that our language no longer describes the world in which
we live. Through Ivan lllich, I had the good fortune to
meet Paulo Freire, in Brazil, in Sao Paulo, before he
passed on. I had a good time talking with him about this
enormous book that he wrote, "The Pedagogy of the
Oppressed." In that, he says that the single most important
thing a person can do is to begin to rename the world in
which they live. This was his form of literacy, not teaching
one how to read a book in the traditional sense, but to
rename the world, because when you name something,
you in effect create it. My own thought is that our language
is bound with antique ideas, old formulas that no longer
describe the moment in which we are. Therefore, that
statement, "A picture is worth a thousand words," I tried
to take it and turn it on its head, and try to give you a
thousand pictures that can offer the power of one word.
In the case of each of the three films, Koyaanisqatsi,
Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi, words that come from an illiterate
source, a primal source, a wisdom that is beyond our
ability to describe the world. A wisdom that says that all
things we call normal are abnormal, all things that we
call sane are insane. Now I realize that this is a pretty
intense point of view, but that's the point of view I ended
up with from my own experience, not from academia but
from being on the line in the '60s, trying to see the world
from another point of view.
Ski: The films were independently funded, avoiding
governmental grant processes and industrialist
handouts. You seem conscious of that old Marxist
adage that the ideology closest to the means of
production becomes the dominant ideology. Do you
feel that you were able to avoid the constraints of
capital influence in the Qatsi trilogy?
GR:Well, you know, it's hard to say that. I wouldn't want
to exempt myself from anything, all of money is dirty
money. Whether I got my money from an angel, and I
don't know how you get your money but it's as dirty as
the money I got. The events that I'm talking about are
way beyond capitalism and communism, which is its
flipside. Both of those 'isms are much closer together
than most people believe. They both share the same point
of view about the instrumentality of life, the mass society,
the industrialization of society, their only difference is who
controls it. In the case of capitalists, it's individuals who
have accumulated wealth on the backs and the injustice
of millions of people, literally. In the case of the Soviets,
it's a new class of administrators, bureaucrats, who
created a class, in my opinion, just as ironclad and
unjust as the capitalist class. Both really want the same
thing, they are just concerned about who controls the
means of production. My question is not who controls
the means of production, but the nature of production, as
such. The question is not whether or not workers have
an equitable pay and a healthy work environment, which
is the interest of organized labor, or the left that works
with organized labor. The question, more profoundly, is,
what is the effect of the automobile on society and should
we have that in the first place? So, we're dealing more
with fundamental questions. It has become my experience,
sadly, that human beings become their environment. We
become what we see, what we hear, what we taste, what
we touch. Anything that we do without question, in an
altered state, we become that environment. If the
environment that we live in today, as Ellul says, is a
technological milieu or environment, if we no longer live
with nature, and I'm not parenthetically talking about
going back to teepees and caves etc., if our environment
itself is technological, if we don't use technology, if we
live it, breathe it like the air that is ubiquitous around us,
then we become that environment. In that sense, whether
you're communist, capitalist, socialist, primitive, an
outsider, an artist, a revolutionary, if you live in this world,
all of us doing that, we become this world. In that sense,
all of us now are cyborged. 'Cyborg' is not something for
the future, it is already here.
We live now in both worlds.
The old world, the world that
'nature' replaced, old nature,
held its unity through the
mystery of diversity. So there
are many languages, many
different environments to
live in, there's tropical,
there's semi-tropical, there's
mountain, there's desert,
there's savannah, there's
salva etc. There's not one
flower, there's uncountable
flowers. Not one animal, a
zillion of them, not one human
being, many. The mantra of
the old world was divided we
stand. The new world, the technological order, holds its
unity through a technological imperative. It creates unity
through technological homogenization. Its mantra is
"united we stand." To me, this is the moment we're in.
We're at that crossroads and the world is becoming
homogenized, what we're seeing is the Los Angelization
of the planet through technology. My work has been, in
effect, to try to shield my eyes from the blinding light of
the new sun, technology, seeking the darkness, walking
towards the positive value of negation. Trying to question
the very structures, the very contexts in which we live,
not who controls them.
We become what we see, what we hear, what we taste,
what we smell, it's so easily said but it's a profound concept
beyond the simplicity of the words that bear it. We live in
an environment, as Ellul said, that is, in terms of a social
event, the most enormous event of the last 5,000 years
has gone unnoticed, the transitioning of old nature to
new nature. Environmentalists don't get it, most of the
environmentalism is how to make this madness safe. How
to make cars safe, how to make industry safe, how to
make electricity and war safe for the environment. We
live in a time where we are like blind people, we don't
see the moment in which we are. We no longer use
metaphor as our means of communion or communication
(i.e. language). Metamorphosis is the form now, where
the transformation, where the substance of something
is changed, the transubstantiation of something is a
metamorphic approach to communion rather than the
metaphoric, which is the power of language. But language
is disappearing. At the beginning of the 20th century, there
were over 30,000 languages and principal dialects in the
world. Today, with many more people, over double the
number of people that were present then, we're approaching
4,000 languages and principal dialects. In other words,
as the earth is being eaten up by the voracious appetite
of technology, everything that is local is disappearing. In
that disappearance, language disappears and when
language disappears, we are left with a more homogenized
language to describe the world which, again, does not give
us access to understanding. It produces more conformity.
Ski: With Koyaanisqatsi you examined the first world
in great detail, starting off from stunning wild lakes,
through constricting cities, the faces of people,
culminating in the destruction of the space shuttle
Challenger. Throughout this film, technology is
portrayed as an acceleratory, agglomerating,
isolating and destructive force. Many critics would
charge that it is merely the arrangement of technology
or the puppeteer behind the scenes controlling
technology that must be changed. Do you see
hierarchy as endemic to these systems of control?
Can we separate technology from domination?
GR: I don't believe, I think it's a pure myth, right, left,
upside-down, backward, to think that we control technology.
I think that's a joke. Technology is in the driver's seat. I
would go to the very radical writing of Mary Shelley, not
the Hollywood version, but her original book Frankenstein,
where we've empowered something that's not in the
organic realm, we've organized and allowed it to exist,
and now it has its own life form. Now, that's very hard for
us to get our mind around, because we give ourselves
more credit than we're due. We think that our greatest
attribute is our mind, actually our greatest attribute is what
is our action, our act, what we do everyday. It's what we've
become. Marx has this great adage, I think Marx says,
"Is it the behavior we have that determines our
consciousness or is it the consciousness that we have
that determines our behavior?" And of course the answer
for 8 out of 7 people is that it's the behavior that we involve
ourselves in that determines our consciousness. The only
way to avoid that is to do what Joseph Brotsky did, to
become an outsider to society, all of us have to live in
this world but we don't have to be of it. Brotsky decided
not to be of it. He became, for me, a revolutionary poet,
though he's not seen that way in the communist world.
Stood outside, answered Marx's questions. He said
consciousness, or removing oneself, being in the world
but not of it, would be a way of having your mind determine
your behavior. So, the thing that I'm railing against,
technology, is something I use. Some would say this is
hypocritical or contradictory, let me agree with them, that
it is contradictory. In the sense I'm trying to communicate,
and wishing to do so in the contradiction of a mass
culture, then I have to consciously adopt the tools of that
culture or the language of that culture in order to
communicate. So it's the equivalent of fighting fire with
fire. In that sense, I see the work that I do as direct
action. Though I certainly use a very high-tech base,
using that in order to make it available to raise questions
about the very thing I'm using.
Ski: The camerawork in city scenes throughout the
trilogy often creates an industrial claustrophobia,
giant buildings crowd the viewer into a confrontation
with urban space as alienation. Living in the desert
as long as you have, what are your impressions of
GR: Well I grew up in urban
civilization, in New Orleans,
then I came out to New Mexico
which is one of the highest
deserts in the world. Here, the
sky you don't look at, you
breathe it. I've lived here now
44 years, I consider myself
fortunate to be out here, it's like
the Siberia of America. In this
magnificent beauty is this
enormous enigma, and the evil
demon of nuclear technology
that sits, as the crow flies,
about 14 miles from my window.
So it's a place of inscrutable
beauty and unbelievable
demonic energy. I'm sure
that's had an influence on me,
being here, breathing the sky
and having the presence of this
monster. It allows me to have another point of view of the
world in which I lived. When I shot Koyaanisqatsi with
my collaborators, the way we did this film was eliminate
all the foreground of what is a normal theatrical film, the
plot, the characterization, the acting etc. When you don't
have the foreground, what's left is the second unit or back-
ground to the story. Stripping the film of all that foreground
material, we take the background or second unit, and
make that the foreground. So, in this case, the building
becomes like an entity, the traffic becomes like an entity,
something that has a life of itself. The whole purpose of
this film was to try to see the ordinary, that which, let's
say, we are basted in. Being marinated in the environment
that we live in, it all seems very familiar. And I was trying
to show that that very thing that we call familiar is itself a
techno-fascistic way of living. So I tried to see it from
another point of view, I tried to see it as a life-form, albeit
a non-organic life-form, that has a life absolutely
independent of our own. Right now, the cities are made
for the automobile, not for the people. When the automobile
was brought in as a technology, they said it would just be
a "faster horse," it wouldn't have any more effect than
that. But we all know that's ridiculous, we all know that
we pay a hidden price for our pursuit of technological
happiness and we call it, instead of war, we call it accident.
But more people die in vehicular crashes than they do in
war, if that's even believable. So, it's just the price we're
willing to pay for the pursuit of our technological
happiness, and these films are about questioning that
point of view.
Ski: Powaqqatsi is defined at the end of the second
film as "a way of life that consumes the life forces of
other beings in order to further its own life. " Later you
are quoted as saying that
between the third world
and the first world,
Powaqqatsi captures "our
unanimity as a global
culture." Now, the film
portrays the third world
from agriculture to
bartering to industry — a
narrative is constructed
that seems to point the
third world in the direction
of increasingly intensified
civilization. To what extent
are the narratives of
"development" (in the
case of the WTO and IMF)
and "history" (in the case of Marxism) negative factors in
the lives of people in the third world? Since the definition
of Powaqqatsi refers to a parasitic sorcerer, is it
reasonable to characterize the first world as a parasite?
GR: My answer would be simply, yes. The whole point of
view of Naqoyqatsi is that through the dogma/religion point
of view of progress and development, which again,
parenthetically, is not only a capitalist agenda but also a
Marxist agenda — that very paradigm consumes, and eats,
and pulls out of the sockets people who live a handmade
life. I was criticized when I made that film by leftists in
Germany, for romanticizing poverty, for trying to eliminate
industrialization and, therefore, a better way of living. Well
that's in a point of view, if that's how they see it so be it, but
that's certainly not my intention. My intention was to say
that standards of living are ephemeral. The standard of
living of the world is based on first world norms, of
consumption, of the institutionalization of life, of giving up
your own control to the control of others. The very opposite
is true in the so-called third world or Southern hemisphere,
where really, the heritage of
the earth exists not only in
nature but in human devel-
opment. Small, convivial,
decentralized societies of
handmade living, where
things can be uniquely
different, valley to valley, plain
to plain. The world that we're
trying to throw, through the
IMF etc. on the southern
hemisphere, is a world of
homogenized value. A world
where Los Angeles, Jakarta,
Hong Kong, the Philippines
etc. all look the same. This is
in diametric opposition to the
nature of the development
of the South, which is dis-
appearing right now because
of the norms of development.
The very founding, for
example, of the United
Nations, was founded on the dogma, on the theology, on
the philosophy of promoting progress and development
around the world as our guarantee for world peace. Now
what crazier thought could you have? All of us buy in, in
some way. Many people buy into the United Nations, but
their very purpose is to produce this homogenizing event
all over the world. For me this is the essence of techno-
fascism, and it's another example of how the Northern
hemisphere is consuming, without question, the Southern
hemisphere. The Northern hemisphere has consumed
most of its own resources already, the Southern hemisphere
is where the nature bank of our world still exists. If the
north has its way, that will be consumed to create and
further develop the technological order, which for me, is a
fascistic venture, (continued on next page)
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Ski: The latest film, Naqoyqatsi, has shifted the
focus directly to digital technology and its violent
consequences. What societal changes, observed in
the bridge between Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, did you
want to integrate into the new film?
GR: Here's the thing, these films, early on, were
conceived. It took years to realize them, but the idea was
that Koyaanisqatsi would deal with northern hemisphere
or in your terms, first world. The hyper-industrial grids that
we call societies. The second film deals with the southern
hemisphere or what you might call the third world. Societies
of simplicity, where unity is held through the mystery of
diversity and how those societies are being consumed by
the myth of progress and development. The third film,
conceived early on as well, dealt with the globalized
moment in which we live. How the world is being
homogenized, how unity is being held together by the new
divine, the computer. The new divine is the manufactured
image, which is the subject of Naqoyqatsi and hence, the
necessity of using digital technology to create it. In the
case of Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, we went to real
locations to film them. In the case of Naqoyqatsi, we went
to virtual locations to film them. We took stock and archival
images that venerated familiar those things we have all
grown up with through the myth of history, and we've taken
and revivified them, or tortured them with a computer to
create a manufactured image which is, as Baudrillard would
call, the evil demon of image. The purpose of image is to
produce this monstrous, demonic conformity. Right now,
image is more important than truth or reality. Look at the
political spectrum, it's all about the image of something.
So this third film deals squarely with the image as its
principal subject matter, the manufactured image in the
globalization of the world.
We spoke a bit about the computer, because it plays a
central role as an entity in Naqoyqatsi. From my point of
view, the computer is the new divine. When I say that, it
portends supernatural powers. The computer is not just
something we use again, it's the very vehicle that's
remaking the world to its own image or likeness. If one
were a Christian theologian or a Catholic theologian, the
highest form of magic in the Catholic universe is the
sacrament. The sacrament is different from a sign in that
it produces what it signifies. Unlike a sign, like if one is
married and wears a ring, that ring is a sign of your fidelity,
of your union with your spouse. But it doesn't produce it,
it only reminds you or others that you're married. In the
case of a sacrament, the sacrament produces what it
signifies. So if there was a sacrament of unity, it produces
that unity, it's the very highest form of magic. So I'm saying
that the computer is the new sacramental magic, it
produces what it signifies, it remakes the world to its own
image and likeness. In that sense it is the very driving
force of what I would call, the techno-fascistic world. As
the swastika was the image of fascism in the 20th
century, and there were many other images as well but
that one prevailed, the new image of techno-fascism is
the blue planet. Not the reality of the earth, but the image
of the blue planet. That, to me, is the ubiquitous image of
Ski: Notably, Naqoyqatsi's framing definition is
"civilized violence. " Never before in the series has
the polemic been so searingly presented. Yet,
throughout Naqoyqatsi, while high technology and
digital life are critically examined, the film is ambiguous
as to the fundamental disjunct that enables civilized
violence. From a primitivist perspective, which views
the rise of technology parallel to the rise of the
division of labor, agriculture and symbolic culture, it
seems like an incomplete critique. How do we undo
technology, a force we breathe like oxygen, if we have
no constructive alternative? Is it enough to present
the case without suggesting a course of action?
GR: Well, first of all, let me say if there's a course of
action that someone would recommend that would be
right for anyone, that very Tightness for everyone would
make it fascistic. So anything universal for me is fascistic.
I don't pretend to have the answers, but I know that the
question is the mother of the answer. Rather than
presenting answers to people which I think is a fascist
modus operandi, it's much more important to present
questions. The question becomes the mother of the
answer, that which can change things more fundamentally
than anything is the power of a community example. The
power of a community in direct action or living an alternative.
I'm not talking about Utopias, I'm talking about a community
in struggle, that wishes to present an alternative to the
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
slavery to which we've all subjected ourselves through
mass society. That would be a way out. If you look at it
from a more comprehensive point of view, perhaps there
is no exit from technology. This is, itself, a tragedy. On
the other hand, I believe that there is no destiny that
human beings can not overcome. How that is done is up
to the individual, it's not up for any of us to give answers
to others as to how to remake their world.
Ski: Many civilized radicals find themselves
weighed by guilt and alienated from cultures that
civilization has domesticated. How did you, as a
person born into American civilization, guide your
participation in the lives of the Hopi? Why did you
frame the discourse of all three movies in the context
of Hopi prophecy?
GR:Well first of all let me say that I'm not a Hopi devotee,
I don't spend time over there. All of my contacts have
died there. This film is not about Hopi, I am not trying to
go back to a Hopi way of life, nor am I espousing that.
We can't go back to the teepee, we can't go back to the
cave. What I tried to do is simply take their point of view,
because I found it laden with wisdom, I found that they
understood our world better than we did. That doesn't
have to be the result of guilt, it has to be the result of
coming in contact with someone that blows your mind
with their perspicacity of thought. That's what happened
to me. It was music to my ears to hear David Menongue,
an elder who was in his late 90s when I met him, say that
everything that white people
call normal we look at as
abnormal. Everything white
people call sane we look at as
insane. Well that was music
to my ears because that was
exactly how I felt, they didn't
give me this idea, it was like
confirmation. If you have a
way-out idea and it's so
way-out that you think you
might be nuts, which I thought
for years, if you find some
other people that actually have
that same idea in another form,
it confirms you. So I used it as
a confirming. I also felt that
their language has no cultural
baggage, when you say
Koyaanisqatsi, no one knows
what that means, it sounds
like, perhaps, a Japanese
word. I'm taking that language,
that doesn't come from a
literate form, it actually comes from an illiterate form,
it's a culture of morality. I'm taking the wisdom of that
point of view to describe our world. Much like academics
do in universities, they take their own subjective
categories of intellectual pursuit and apply them to Indians
through ethnographic studies, anthropology etc. This is
turning the tables, it's taking the subjective content, or ideas,
of Hopi, and applying it to white civilization. And that's
something that makes some people uncomfortable.
That's an easy way of getting out of seeing the value
of other people's cultures and contributions beyond
Ski: One thing that I noticed, after viewing all three
movies, was the persistent image of the atom
bomb mushroom cloud. Culturally we've seen that
everywhere, you could almost say that's a burnt
out image for a lot of people. And yet, in
Naqoyqatsi, which just came out, you put it in
again. Is that something you see as an endpoint?
GR: No, if it's burnt out, it's only because it's been used
so often. My whole thing in Naqoyqatsi, was to take all of
these burnt out images, images that we're surrounded
with, like the wallpaper of life which we call history, that
great lie as it were, and re-examine those, put them in
another context. So this film was a little more difficult than
the other two, it's taking our familiar, that which we've
seen ad nauseam, and trying to put it in another context.
Nuclear is something that, while we think we know
something about, we have no idea of what it's done to
us. Much like television, something as ubiquitous as
television, we have no idea of what it's doing to us.
Because we keep looking at it from the point of view of
the subject matter that's on the tube, rather than the
technology, which is a cathode ray gun aimed directly at
the viewer that probably changes our genetic structure
and certainly puts us into a deep comatose state. I made
a film called Evidence of Children Watching Television,
and they were watching Dumbo actually, or they could
have been watching anything, it didn't really matter. Their
eyes become fixated, their breathing slows down,
automaticities take place on the face, slobbering comes
out of the mouth, these kids are on drugs heavier than
Prozac just by having the television on. It's the same thing
with nuclear technology, we think it's just something that
we control, that if we had a "Nuclear Test-ban" treaty,
everything would be fine. The nuclear war has already
occurred, all during the 50s. We doubled the background
radiation of the planet, it's affected all of our genetic
structures. So, while these things
have the familiarity of the surface
image, the profundity of their depth
is something that we know very little
about. I think it's Einstein that said
that the fish would be the last to
know water, I would say, taking off
on that context, that human beings
will be the last to know technology,
because it's the very water we live in.
Ski: What advice would you give
to young people all around the
world gradually awaking to the
nightmare of a world out of
control with the proliferation of
GR: I don't like to give advice, but
I'll say what I think as to what we
can do. I think our greatest
opportunity is to live a creative life.
Often that means to reject schooling,
rejecting organized education. For
many of us, our diploma from college
becomes our death certificate, because it ingratiates us
into a way of life that's unquestioned where the principal
modus operandi is finance, or money. The real meaning
of life, I think for all of us, in our different ways, is the
opportunity to live a creative life, to create things, to name
things. I would say for all of us, the most radical thing we
can do, and the most practical thing we can do, is to be
idealistic, to rename the world in which we live. I think we
do that best through example, not just through using
words, but using words that we can stand on, the acts
that we do. Living in the world but not being of the world,
being an outsider, yet knowing that all of us are insiders.
Living with the conundrum that life is not this or that, life
is this and that. It's not black or white, it's black and white.
So I'll add to that whole recipe humor, and one has the
possibility of living a meaningful life.
Ski is a self-identified anarcho-primitivist living in Los
Angeles, CA. The DVD double pack of Koyaanisqatsi and
Powaqqatsi is now available. More info on the Qatsi films
and Godfrey Reggio is available at www.qatsi.com
by Alfredo M. Bonanno
"People are tired of meetings, the classics, point less
marches, theoretical discussions that split hairs
in four, endless distinctions, the monotony and
poverty of certain political analyses. They prefer
to make love, smoke, listen to music, go for walks,
sleep, laugh, play, kill policemen, kill judges,
blow up barracks. Anathema! The struggle is only
legitimate when it is incomprehensible to the lead ers
of the revolution.
Hurry comrade, shoot the policemen, the judge,
the boss. Now, before a new police prevent you.
Hurry to say NO, before the new repression
convinces you that saying no is pointless, mad,
and that you should accept the hospitality of the
Hurry to attack Capital before a new ideology
makes it sacred to you.
Hurry to refuse work before some new sophist
tells you once again that "work makes you free. "
Hurry to play. Hurry to arm yourself."
- from the text
In the spirit of insurrection that is now
exploding around the globe, we want to take the
time to plug this short but potent pamphlet by
Alfredo Bonanno who - as well as being someone who
lives his beliefs - is one of the more cogent
insurrectional writers and thinkers. This particular
pamphlet addresses a wide range of topics, from
the banality of commodity culture to the
pre-fabricated false "happiness" that capitalism
tries to sell us. It also rips into and rejects
"production," the "economy," factory life and
factory fetishization, reformism, organization and
all the lies of the capitalist/statist spectacle.
The insurrectional analysis that Bonanno puts forth
in this pamphlet - on the poverty of work and the
illusion of all external authority - clearly
distinguishes insurrectional anarchism from
leftism, which it has been inaccurately accused
of resembling by some.
Some of my primitivist collaborators exhibit a
profound lack of understanding with regard to
what the insurrectionists are saying, which is
"Rise Up, Take Back Your Lives, This long nightmare
needs to end NOW!" and I would strongly encourage
them to actually take the time to read the writings
of the Italian, Spanish and Argentine insurrection-
ists before they make any more uninformed, sweeping
condemnations of what has always been one of the
most hopeful and inspiring currents in our movement.
I think they'll find that there is very little in
the writings of Alfredo Bonanno that stand in
direct contradiction to "primitivism," the anarchist
ideology that so many anarchists now support and
promote. There are many insurrectional anarchists
who consider themselves at war with civilization,
and this is because they've read and been influenced
by the primitivist critique. But primitivism is
ultimately just a critique, while insurrectional
anarchism is a practice, or an approach, as well
as a philosophical and political stance that
certain anarchists have taken in regard to all
the barriers and institutions that stand between
us and our freedom. The two currents - primitivism
and insurrectional anarchism - are complimentary
in my mind, and anyone active in the anti-
civilization movement would do well to learn more
about insurrectional anarchism, if only for
spiritual and strategic inspiration.
Available for $2.00 from the Green Anarchy
Distro, PO Box 11331 Eugene OR 97440
Shoot The Women First
by Eileen MacDonald
"Shoot the women first!" is the advice given
by "intelligence" agencies to law enforcement,
paramilitary squads, and anti -terrorist teams
dealing in armed-conflicts with revolutionaries
and terrorists. It is implied by the author that
when women take on the role of a revolutionary, as
in other roles in society, it is done so more
deeply and meaningfully then by men, making them
more dangerous to their enemies. Eileen MacDonald,
interested in the dynamics of women and armed
conflict, travels through Europe, the Middle East,
and south east Asia to interview and understand
women involved in armed-resistance movements. She
talks to women engaged in activities including
hijacking, bomb-planting, rock-hurling, gun
battles, assassinations, bank robberies, prison
breaks, community organizing, and social support.
She offers a peek into the perspectives of women
involved with the E.T.A. (an underground Basque
separatist group), the Palestinian Intifada (see page 2),
the Irish Republican Army, the Red Brigades (an Italian
armed Marxist group), and the Baader-Meinhof Group/
Red Army Faction. The author's goal is not to
judge the actions or ideologies behind them, but
instead, understand the lives of women who are
moved to the point of becoming armed combatants.
She draws many interesting parallels between the
various fighters, but is also clear that the
specifics of their motivations are deep, historical,
and personal. Except for Kim Hyon Hui of North
Korea, who claims to have been brainwashed from
early childhood by the repressive and cult-like
Kim II Sung regime, all of the women interviewed
had been, and many still are, involved in liberation
struggles. The women interviewed speak about their
actions, machismo and sexism in their groups,
motherhood, their thoughts on personal and
revolutionary violence, and the particular
aspects of being a woman in a revolution. An
interesting re-occurring discussion is the view of
armed women as "double-deviant," not only breaking
the mold of "good citizen" by taking up arms, but
also the breaking of the role of a "good woman" and
all the patriarchal societal expectations which go
along with it. Despite the datedness of the book
(1991), and the feeling that the author may not be
as tactically and morally down with armed-struggle
as your typical GA reader, it is a very interesting
and recommended read.
Available at most book stores and libraries.
TTesP8LSS@S VOl 1. A Journal of Speculative Cartography
Trespasses is an annual journal of interdisciplinary writings, visual art, and audio-works. The editorial process is guided by a strong critique
of colonialism — particularly its settler state forms — capitalism and all forms of oppression. Experimental and marginal works from outside
canonic orthodoxy are a priority, as are those voices commonly silenced in mainstream discourse.
The spaces of the settler state are without place, without language and without a past. Its history is one of forgetting; a cover-up across time.
Sometimes it's a photo found in the archives, without documentation; or a scrap of graffiti seen on a passing freight train where hobos have been
hiding the last hundred years; the images of warriors in camouflage regalia at a road block defending the people as they reclaim their territories;
or words and drawings that cross the prison walls to convey the horror and hope.
Atomization and alienation characterize contemporary society and are found everywhere. However, attacks on the apparatus of repression and micropolitical
alternatives to it are as old as people and are proliferating. Within the prisons, urban neighborhoods, Jt^t
reserves, rural communities, etc. eruptions are taking shape — or already have. The documentation of these two 4p P? opposing forces in
the contemporary and historical contexts are the task at hand.
The geographic area known as Canada is the primary focus of Trespasses, but submissions from
across the Americas and the world are welcome and encouraged, as are those from prisoners,
women, queers, indigenous peoples and members of racialized groups.
Being published north of the 49th parallel orients the content
towards those places claimed by the Canadian state, however no '
Canadian content restrictions or borders will be imposed on submissions.
The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2003.
Contact: Hungry Ghost Press
Box 539> 185-911 Yates St.
Victoria, CST, BC, V8V 4Y9 CANADA
email: hungryghost. prssfiziplip. com
Rogue Primate: An Exploration
of Human Domestication
by John A. Livingston
I became interested in John Livingston's book
after reading his interview in Derrick Jensen's
Listening to the Land. His theoretical progression
had really caught my interest when I read that he
had spent 20 years as the president of the
Canadian Audubon Society, and other big name
conservation groups, to come to terms with the
overall insignificance and pettiness that the
conservation movement is really all about. He
chose to seek out more of an encompassing under-
standing about the relationship between humans
and the natural world. His resignation took the
form of the (hard to find) thesis, The Fallacy of
Wildlife Conservation (1981).
He begins this book by talking about this move
and the opposition he faced in making this turn,
and from there talks of this book being the outcome
of his realization that he has spent his life
observing and commenting on other species, and
that it was time to do the same for his own. His
conclusions advocate a radically different (at
the time) understanding of the human animal, and
how things got this way and ends with a very
optimistic hope for a return to the wildness that
dwells in us all .
This gives a glimpse into the realm of human
self-domestication and the domestication forced
upon others. Livingston feels strongly that human
domestication did not simply begin with agriculture
(the domestication of plants and animals), but
more so with the taming of fire. I think that
something like this makes it more important for
an understanding of what led to civilization, and
what we should realistically be targeting; this
holds true for all critiques of symbolic thought.
I can't say for sure that Livingston is actually
suggesting that we give up fire, but I think that
it is safe to say that is not his objective. He
does articulately say, however, that his goal is
to recover the wildness that has been domesticated
and encaged inside us.
Livingston's approach is all the more impacting,
as he is as critical of attempts to "undo"
domestication as he is of the domestication
itself. He takes a very understanding approach to
topics such as animal liberation and offers ways
to truly liberate the community of life from
civilization. He holds no punches back on reformist,
legal movements and even offers substantial
arguments against the petitioning for extended
"rights," and the downfall of "rights" movements/
He offers up examples of "exotic transplants,"
the planned exportation and importation of plants
and animals, which feeds the destruction of
environments, and that comes with the expansion
of civilization. He offers examples of intentional
and unintentional destruction at the hands of
enlarging agricultural and industrial societies.
He speaks about the "wrecking crew," the group of
domesticated animals that have taken on such
civilized traits that, like civilization, they
can destroy entire ecosystems. This group includes
cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, dogs,
and cats. He gives examples of the kind of hell
that has come with these animals even as they have
gone feral. This raises a very pertinent question
in regards to going feral: how do we know that we
won't wreak just as much havoc as our domesticated
selves? To this, Livingston offers up some
examples that we should be taking interest to.
Livingston's background is academic, but he
really found a niche for himself in writing this
book. It is far more accessible than his other
similar attempts, such as One Cosmic Instant, and
discusses situations that need to be addressed in
the project of moving beyond civilization. He at
times takes a misanthropic/deep ecologist slant,
but he is conscious of such, and often reminds the
reader that this is by no means his intent. The
truth of which couldn't become any clearer than
in his closing: "Look at a child gently holding an
unfledged young robin that has fallen from its
nest. Look in that child's eyes. The sweet bondage
of wildness is recoverable."
Rogue Primate was published by Roberts
Rinehart Publishers in 1994 (hardback,
229 pages) and is now out of print.
(Try combing the used bookstores -
hunting and gathering is fun!)
^ '*afr-'- ; '
Send us your zines, books, or music to review,
or a review of your own of an anarchist, anti-
authoritarian, or anti-civilization project.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
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ARTWORK BY CRAIG "CRITTER" MARSHALL
My intent for writing this brief article is to explain what I feel is the
inseparability of the animal and earth liberation movements. I would
like to think that the connection between these struggles is obvious.
I would also hope the connection between these movements and the
struggle against an ever increasingly technological society would
also be painfully obvious, but I fear this is not so for many.
No matter how many animals are rescued, no matter how many
trees are saved, if the current technological state progresses or even
carries on at the rate it is currently destroying the ecosystems all life
depends on, life on this planet is doomed. Civilization as we know it
depends on the domination and exploitation of every type of
"resource" (whether living or habitat for the living) and cannot exist
without such exploitation.
Humans were once mostly
nomadic, with few exceptions,
only settling into permanent
villages as plants and animals
were domesticated. The
exploitation of these life
forms allowed the populations
of these beginnings of
civilization to increase which
in turn called for the "need"
to further exploit the plant and
animal populations and the
ecosystems which these
lifeforms need to survive.
Flash 10,000 years into the
future... today. There are very
few places on earth where
humans have not tried to (for
the most part successfully)
form a dominating relationship
over the lifeforms which
dwell there. The vast majority
of the so-called civilized
world has been scarred and/or covered over with concrete. The
current rate of extinction rivals that of the dinosaurs, and while
saving a particular grove of trees or all the hostages at a particular
farm is a noble cause, it is like trying to use a band-aid on a sucking
If we could save every animal in the world from suffering in
factory farms and laboratories, in the long run, what good would it
do if there were no wild places left to free them into? Conversely,
what would be the point of protecting the last wild spaces if the
animals were all domesticated, their wild spirits broken? These
struggles are inseparable. All the different aspects of civilization
conspire against all that is wild. It is the totality of it, not just one
element, that dooms life... that is, if we allow it to continue unabated...
Our struggles cannot ever hope to be effective as long as we each
only focus on one aspect of the disease of civilization. We must
attack the totality of it every single day. We must be relentless in our
struggles, for civilization is ever-progressing on its death march and
we cannot allow it to continue to trample over every existing lifeform.
We must challenge the assumptions that are integral to the everyday
existence of industrial society. We must attack the hubs of the wheels
of oppression. The majority of people fighting for the liberation of
one lifeform unknowingly or unthinkingly support the oppression of
many others everyday. No? Well then it's safe to assume you don't
use electricity? I do realize there are necessary evils if we want to be
effective in our struggles, such as the use of petro-fuels in igniting
huge bonfires in which we can watch corporations go bankrupt, but
we must be aware of the negative impacts our actions (and tools)
have on ecosystems (both local and distant). I hope I don't sound as
if I'm condemning these activities, by all means, burn the fuckers to
the ground, just be aware. We cannot carry on with our lives in the
manner those who condone civilization (and its inherent destructiveness)
have taught us and ever expect to end any form of domination.
Civilization from its inception has been rooted in domination, it is
dependent on it for its continued survival.
We can continue to debate each other about which being's oppression
is most valid to fight against, or maybe we should realize single-
issue politics feeds into the divide-and-conquer of our movement(s).
Each of us must face the totality and decide whether we want to
continue to strike at the fingers of the beast that has all life in a
chokehold, or if we need to strike at the head. Don't get me wrong,
biting off one of these fingers is never a bad thing, but unless it is
part of a larger strategy it is not going to put an end to the human
domination of animals and nature.
We will never succeed in convincing corporate interests to stop the
exploitation of animals and the earth, it is against their "nature". We
want to protect life at all costs, they want to protect a way of life no
matter what the cost. Their job is to make as much money as
possible regardless of the suffering, our job is to put the bastards out
of business because of the suffering.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
lO W8fuS An Effective Praxis:
Moving Beyond the Violence/Nonviolence Debate
Praxis-practice, as distinguished
from theory; application or use,
as in knowledge or skills
This article is written in the spirit of sharing, learning,
and opening up dialogue amongst people around the
effectiveness of certain direct action tactics and strategy.
If a movement is unable to critically examine itself, then
it will stagnate and fail. It is a hope that others will write
articles in response and addition to this one, furthering
discussion around such important issues.
All too often, when people critique the Earth Liberation
Front (ELF) or other direct action groups, the criticisms
center around the sacredness of property and the
"violence" of destroying this property. It becomes an
issue of righteousness based upon a morality that has been
learned from the oppressor. This violence/nonviolence
debate has reared its ugly head to the point of sheer
redundancy and is not only stuck, but actually holding
back a dialogue which needs to happen:
In issue #8 of the zine Antipathy, the effectiveness
issue is raised, and this is where this article gains its
inspiration, even though there are many disagreements.
In an article entitled "Burning the Church of the Sacred
Arsonist: a few reasons parts of the ELF can kiss my
ass" (BCSA), the author states, "The only question for
those who REALLY care for Earth is: Effective or
Ineffective?" and brings up five critiques of the ELF,
while making it clear that the actions against the genetics
industry have been successful and are not what is being
On the Effectiveness of Arson
Most opponents of arson hold property sacred and
because of that, are unable to ask important questions
such as: Did the attack accomplish its goal? Was the goal
to shut a place down for good? Is this simply symbolic?
The whole violence/nonviolence debate helps create a
situation where public proponents of arson (or any tactic)
may not criticize it so as not to come across as anti-ELF
or anti-direct action. This is a major obstacle in looking
critically at tactics and strategy so as to develop a praxis
that is effective.
BCSA argues that the torchings of Vail, Superior Lumber,
US Timberproducts and Boise Cascade did not really
slow any of these companies down, while helping to fuel
anti-environmentalist sentiment and the destruction of
the Earth. This is based on the idea that these companies
are insured and will just rebuild and go on with their
practices while communities will be even more pissed
off at enviros. Much of that is true. Isolated arsons, like
most tactics, are like pissing into the sea. There's a ripple,
but then that ripple is absorbed. Where some of that could
change is if every time a business was rebuilt, it was
torched again to the point where no insurance would
cover it. Some fur farms have been hit like this and
closed, but some have stayed open too. While BCSA
brings up many good questions no solutions are proposed.
Other questions that are relevant are: What tactics do
slow business/corporations down, or better yet stop them
by destroying them while not alienating everyone
around? Is it possible? Until there is a strong enough
underground movement, the effectiveness right now may
lie in inspiring others while doing major damage to earth
killers. This might not be the most effective strategy,
but what is?
The arsons mentioned earlier did cause major damage
and inspire more action which then caused more damage,
which inspire more actions... and so on with the hope
that enough could happen to bring down the industry.
Can an industry be brought down within the bowels of
capitalism? Will it be bailed out by the government, like
the timber industry receiving huge subsidies? Yes, there
are and will be bailouts, but that doesn't mean a tactic is
ineffective. The oppressor will do whatever it takes to
keep industry churning and crush inspiration and action.
This translates into promoting the ELF as unaccountable
to the people, a fringe group, lunatics who are costing
taxpayers money. People who are already alienated can
have a scapegoat to be angry at, never asking what the
exploitation of the planet is "costing" or who has the
boot on their necks. Which is why it is so important for
both the underground and aboveground to communicate
in ways which are as non-alienating as possible.
Are a Broken Model
BCSA says the idea of people caring what "terrorists"
have to say is flawed because people don't give a shit and
the communiques sound like some rich college kid from
Connecticut. This part is not given much attention and
seems to fall into a defeatist attitude that no one would be
inspired by the communiques. Some of the problem surely
lies in the content of the communiques, while much of it
lies in how many people even read them, not j ust the media's
extracted portions. There is a whole planet of people who
have had enough of being exploited and its quite possible
some words may resonate with them. How this could be
accomplished seems like a good question for those writing
communiques and those speaking publicly to be asking
Media Obsession Reinforces Apathy
This is an interesting concept which begs the question:
Is the ELF obsessed with the media or is the media
obsessed with the ELF? This is not mutually exclusive.
ELF actions are capitalized upon by the media which
promotes the dichotomy of performers and spectators that
is already so prevalent in society. It is always someone
else who is acting; a hero who will save the day. Which is
why it is so important to dispel the myth of direct action
being done by some highly trained commandos (while
encouraging security and refinement to stay out of jail!).
Can ELF-style actions occur in a way that doesn't play
into the media? The media loves arson, but stays very quiet
around crop pullings, tree spiking, and other sabotage.
Asking why that is and how actions could play into
sensationalism needs to be discussed.
Where the whole spokesperson/media thing becomes
worrisome is when people begin thinking that only ELF-
style actions/direct action are worth anything. So unless
you are going to engage in these actions, you may as well
not do anything or promote others to take action. Direct
actions in and of themselves, isolated from any sort of
movement, would probably accomplish nothing but
jailtime. That being said, it is questionable that such
actions would even occur without a movement. When
people in the radical scene dismiss anything that is not
militant direct action (as defined by them) as liberal, which
is equated to worthless, it becomes an excuse to not do
anything at all. The whole question of "what is radical"
needs to be redefined in terms other than "what is the most
extreme action". How many times has it been said: All the
tools in the box, and certain tools for certain jobs?!?
Regurgitating Past Failures
Here BCSA focuses on tree spiking. This is a tactic that
has publicly reappeared in the last year or two in various
parts of the country. It seems very fitting to reopen
dialogue about tree spiking. BCSA brings up "the fact that
tree spiking itself has never stopped a timber sale in the
US and was really only an effective public scare tactic
directed against radical environmentalists by the wise-use/
timber industry tag team." It goes on to say that since ALL
timber mills in Oregon have metal detectors, trees can be
felled with spikes in them, and tree spiking alone has
NEVER stopped a sale, that "tree spiking is undeniably a
tactic with little or no efficacy whatsoever in preserving
An example is given where in March 2001 the Judie Sale
outside Cottage Grove, Oregon, was claimed spiked by the
ELF, demanding that the Forest Service cancel the sale.
BCSA states that since the feds have NEVER cowtowed to
the demands of terrorists, they'd be more likely to push
the sale ahead. Or Seneca Jones, the mill who purchased
the sale, will file a lawsuit , which will lead to a replacement
volume sale, which will have even older trees and be a
larger size than the Judie sale. Which means the ELF helped
"sound the death knell for the ecosystems unfortunate
enough to be within the marked units of the Judie sale and
potentially for ecosystems further away from the reach of
the urban centric activist scene." Wow! Those are some
This brings up many questions and analysis. The first is
that tree spiking ALONE has never stopped a US sale. What
tactic alone, in and of itself, has? Lawsuits? Not without
some pressure from somewhere outside the courtroom.
Blockades? Treesits? Not without help from a lawsuit. Why
is tree spiking vehemently deemed ineffective because it
supposedly hasn't stopped a sale on its own? How is it
known if tree spiking works or does not? It is very difficult
to find any info on spiking that is not totally pro
or totally against. What about times where it may work?
forth Liberation Actions
"IF we are trespassing, so were the people who broke down the gates oF Hitler's
death camps; IF we are thieves, so were the members oF the Underground Railroad
who Freed the slaves oF the south; find if we are vandals, so were those who
destroyed Forever the gas chambers oF Buchanwald and Auschwitz." - Anonymous
What would those times be? Like so many tactics, spiking is one more
tool that can be used to slow down, and if all goes well, stop trees from
being felled. Maybe in time, people will see how spiking affected the
Judie sale, and other sales, rather than condemn it right off without
knowing what will come about in time. Just because a sale is spiked
does not mean a lawsuit cannot be filed on behalf of that sale. Other
tactics can possibly work in conjunction with spiking.
Blaming the ELF for the destruction of ecosystems because Seneca
Jones or any earth destroyer would push ahead with a sale is ludicrous.
When would they not push ahead when challenged? And how is the
ELF responsible for actions taken by Seneca Jones? Many times
replacement volume sales are awarded after sales are "saved" by
lawsuits, blockades, and treesits. And why can't people go and spike
the replacement volume sale while other people publicly denounce
replacement volume sales and all timber sales? It is similar to the
comment about mills having metal detectors which means spiking is
ineffective. Maybe using metal spikes would be ineffective if they were
all found in the forest, and cut around (which costs a considerable
amount of money) and the detector at the mill found all the spikes. So
how to foil a metal detector? Use non metallic spikes. The information
is out there on how to do this. These would get through metal detectors
and break blades, if the trees were even logged. This is not an attempt
to promote a tactic that may not work, it is looking at why tree spiking
has been discredited and promoted. Yes, it pisses people off. That is
certain. But just look at what the Bush administration is pushing in
regards to the forest: death. Does that not piss people off, too? So where
does one not act because people may be pissed off?
Ineffective Actions Have Landed Comrades In Jail
BCSA says that comrades are going to jail for ineffective actions that
are not worth it. That is such a bold statement which really gets to the
heart of the questions this article is asking regarding effectiveness. How
is it measured and defined? Are people in jail for actions that seem
ineffective? Yes and No. People are being stolen by the State because
their actions spark something inside people that scares those in power:
rebellion, which has the potential to be revolution. Whether those
actions themselves are effective has been mentioned already. Another
effect is that people will question why someone who torches SUVs
gets more prison time than a rapist or murderer. It is such a loss to see
comrades go to prison, taken from their communities. So instead of
saying what they did was not worth it, creating a movement that makes
it worth it is much more appealing, because it must have seemed worth
it to them at the time since they undertook the action.
Wrappin' It Up
Having a dialogue about the effectiveness of ELF-type actions that
moves beyond the violence/nonviolence debate needs to happen. It is
important to abandon the rhetoric and ask challenging questions which
lead to creative answers so that effective actions will happen. Do people
really know what is effective? How? There are many ideas on what
works and what does not, so what are they? Our lives and the lives to
come depend on it.
Editor 's Note: We hope that this article will help people to think more
deeply and critically about the effectiveness of various forms of direct
action, tactics, and strategy. While we feel the author of this article brings
up many valid criticisms of "Burning the Church of the Sacred Arsonist:
a few reasons parts of the ELF can kiss my ass "from issue #8 of the zine
Antipathy, we feel that they were not nearly harsh enough. In the past,
Antipathy has had some interesting anarchist analysis and personal
reflections, but it has always had a (sometimes humorous, but usually
annoying) self-righteous, dismissive, and "know it all" approach,
without offering anything but ridiculous ideas on how to subvert
authority for an insular and nauseating punk scene. The name of the
zine could easily be changed to Apathy and most of its inebriated and
self-centered following would not even notice. While some are
attempting to build a resistance to the death culture, Antipathy seems
more interested in building a portfolio as an anarcho-critic and
gigolo, while dismissing all meaningful action.
November 26, Pennsylvania: The €LF Claims Credit For
Two Pinti-Genetix Actions in PI Joint Communique
In late November 2002, the €LF released a forceful
communique taking responsibility for a series of powerful
and effective actions against the fur industry. Although we
reprinted that communique in its entirety in the UUinter 2002
issue of Green Rnarchy, we didn't realize that in an
attachment to the main text, the CLF also claimed
responsibility for an earlier chain of actions against
genetically-modified food crops. Since there haven't been
all that many specifically flnti-Genetix actions in North
America lately, we thought it would be worth publishing
this brief statement:
On behalf of another anonymous cell of the Earth
Liberation Front, we are also claiming responsibility for
the destruction of two GMO corn tests / demonstration
crops in northwestern Pennsylvania. Both crops (BT and
Roundup-Beady) were destroyed beyond usefulness, and
kept from producing seed for future planting. The
proliferation of Genetically Modified Organisms and the
increased deployment of toxic pesticides into our
bioregion presents an unrivaled threat to the biological
integrity and diversity of our ecosystem, and has begun
to be met with appropriate resistance. RN U GMO/ G€
crops planted in this area from this day forth may be
targeted by eco-activists.
December 23-24, 2002, Massachusetts:
Vandals Target SUVs in Campaign against War and
Newton: Someone spray-painted 1 6 sport utility vehicles
with anti-war and environmentalist slogans. Police said
they have no leads about who left messages such as
"no blood for oil" and "I'm changing the environment"
in red and black paint on the cars. The vandalism started
on December 23 with eight late-night incidents. €ach
of the vehicle owners who reported vandalism owned
SUVs, including a GMC Yukon, a Lexus SUV and a Chevy
Blazer. €ach phrase was sprayed on the rear of the vehicle.
"No Blood for Oil" was sprayed on each of the first eight
cars, but as Christmas €ve rolled around, the vandal(s)
expanded the sloganeering. Phrases ranged from "No
Oil" to "Gas Guzzler" and "I'm changing the environment."
According to police reports, the vandal chose two vehicles
in each specific area to vandalize. For example, the vandal
painted a 1995 Chevy Blazer with "No Blood For Oil" on
the rear tire cover on Clarendon Street early on the morning
of December 23, a and a 2000 Honda CRV with the same
phrase the same night. On Pulsifer Street, also in the
early morning, a white Ford pickup truck and another
Honda CRV were painted with the same phrase. Police
said the only plan of attack would be to increase patrols.
The vandal, according to police reports, is suspected to
be an anarchist. Sprayed on two cars, an Acura utility
vehicle and a Chevy Yukon, was the letter "A" with a
circle around it: the sign for anarchy. Similar incidents
were reported in Bloomington, Ind., in 2001 and in
Richmond, VA, in November.
December 28, 2002, Pennsylvania:
C-IF Targets Housing Development in Northeast Phillu
Philadelphia: In what was likely its final act of 2002,
the Carth Liberation Front (€LF) has claimed an action in
Northeast Philadelphia targeting urban sprawl and the
development of "luxury houses." Construction vehicles
and a show home were damaged by "long-time residents
of Philadelphia. ..who are tired of seeing the earth
destroyed for money." The €LF Press Office received the
letter of claim (see below) via a Philadelphia newspaper.
Although the letter does not claim this as an €LF action,
graffiti at the housing development site indicates that
this was the work of the CLF. This action took place
December 28th, 2002. The following is the letter sent
to the media: Greetings. Recently, we visited a housing
construction site in Northeast Philadelphia, along Bhawn
St., to give a Christmas present to the developers. There,
what was natural land - and a home for birds, squirrels,
deer, et cetera - is now a sprawling pit of mud. Others'
attempts at stopping this devastation failed; we felt the
only thing we could do, and the thing that felt right, was
to fight back for those who can't. So we went to the site
and attacked construction vehicles however we were able
to - glued locks, sugared gas tanks, disconnected hoses,
spray painted vehicles, broke windows. Rlso we attacked
the "sample house" on Bhawn St. - the first house built,
to attract buyers. LUe covered the walls in spray paint,
glued locks, and broke many windows. LUe are not
"terrorists. " LUe are not teenage vandals. LUe are
middle-aged, long-time residents of Philadelphia/the
suburbs who are tired of seeing the earth destroyed for
money. New housing units (and these are "luxury houses, "
starting at $200,000) are not needed; tens of thousands
of housing units in Philadelphia are vacant, or for sale.
There is no excuse for the terrorism of developers,
destroying the little bit of natural land left for money.
LUe will not sign our names, but we want to. If
construction is stopped and the woods allowed to grow
back, we will turn ourselves in gladly. LUe pray the
destruction of developers in Philadelphia/the suburbs
is stopped - and that our kids don't grow up in a
concrete world, built over ashes of the destroyed earth.
- "Sally and Peter"
January 1,2003: €LF Torches SUVs in €rie, Pennsylvania!
The Carth Liberation Front, an international under-
ground movement that uses direct action in the form
of economic sabotage to stop the destruction of
the natural environment, has taken credit for their first
North American action of 2003 with the destruction of
several SUVs at a Pennsylvania auto dealership.
Reprinted below is the full communique that was
released on January 2:
Rt 5:30 RM on January 7, 2003, the 6arth Liberation
Front attacked several SUV's at Bob Ferrando Ford
Lincoln Mercury in 6rie, Pennsylvania. Rt least four
vehicles were entirely destroyed and several others
sustained heavy damage, costing an estimated $90,000.
Despite decades of popular environmental activism,
the mainstream environmental movement, which began
arguably in the early 1960s, has failed in its attempts
to bring about the protection needed to stop the
destruction of life on this planet. In many ways, it has
served only to accelerate this destruction. Its occasional
"victories", reforms or small concessions, have fostered
hope in a means of social change that has proven unable
to produce tangible protection of life, time after time.
By focusing its energy on temporary "solutions", they
have altogether ignored the roots of the problem at
hand. Western civilization, with its throwaway
conveniences, it's status symbols, and its unfathomable
hoards of financial wealth, is unsustainable, and comes
at a price. Its pathological decadence, fueled by bru-
tality and oceans of bloodshed, is quickly devouring all
life and undermining the very life support systems we
need to survive. The quality of our air, water and soil
continues to decrease as more and more life forms on
the planet suffer and die as a result. LUe are in the
midst of a global environmental crisis that adversely
effects and directly threatens every human, every
animal, every plant, and every other life form on the
face of the Earth.
There is absolutely no excuse for any one of us, out
of greed, to knowingly allow this to continue. There is
a direct relationship between our irresponsible
o ver-consumption and lust for luxury products, and the
poverty and destruction of other people and the Natural
world. By refusing to acknowledge this simple fact,
supporting this paradigm with our excessive lifestyles,
and failing to offer direct resistance, we make ourselves
accomplices in the greatest crime ever committed.
Time is running out — change must come, or eventually
all will be lost. R belief in state sanctioned legal means
of social change is a sign of faith in the legal system
of that same state. LUe have absolutely no faith in
the legal system of the state when it comes to
protecting life, as it has repeatedly shown itself to
care far more for the protection of commerce and
profits than for people and the natural environment.
Clearly, the State itself causes and profits from many
of the various atrocities against life that we must
struggle against. To place faith in that same state as
though it will act in the interests of justice and life is
utter foolishness and a grave mistake.
Therefore, the CLF will continue to fight to remove
the profit motive from the killing of the natural
environment, and to draw public attention to that
which is deliberately concealed from them by the
forces that control our lives and destroy our home.
LUe urge our sisters and brothers — let us strive to
become the revolutionary force we've always spoken
of being, and begin to take control of our lives out of
the hands of those who would destroy us.
Happy New Vear Bob Ferrando - CLF
editors note: The €LF has been cleaning house in the
Pennsylvania bioregion For over a year now, beginning
with (to the best oF our knowledge) their March 1 7,
2002 action against a road construction site
(see Green Anarchy # 9 For more details.) It would
be nice to see CLF actions start to increase in other
bioregions, though, to take some oF the heat oFF our
unknown comrades in the northeast. Remember,
decentralization and unpredictability are the
greatest advantages we have over our enemy!
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
Anarchist Resistance From Around The Planet
"The claus oF this society are numbered; its reasons and its merits have been weighed in the balance and Found wanting;
fttS < ts inhabitants are divided into two parties, one oF which wants this society to disappear
anarchy is not another post-€nlightenment European Qnd proC eedecl on a militant and well-planned march
philosophy nor is it a Utopian political system born out through the stre ets of the city. Throughout the march, they
of "liberal" thought. Rnarchy bears no resemblance to targeted a number of symbols of the current capitalist war.
the theories of Marx, Cngels, or to the "Jeffersonian"
values that are so celebrated by bourgeois historians.
Rnarchy is, rather, a mode of existence characterized by
the absence of government, the absence of rulers, the
absence of domination. The anarchist struggle is one
between rationalized order and revolutionary chaos,
between automated technocracy and uncaged wildness.
It is a power struggle between a mechanistic, efficiency-
oriented, and profit-geared system and a positive,
liberating nihilism aimed at breaking down the barriers
of machines, laws and social customs that divide humans
from all other organisms around them. It is, in short, a
war between free life and the forces of control and
extinction, fill political ideologies have failed us,
leaving only the growing anti-political anarchistic battle
for the future of the planet.
January 1 7, 2003, Italy: Anarchists Smash ATM
Machines in Solidarity with the Victims of Repression
Sixty ATMs in dozens of locations throughout northern
Italy were vandalized. Messages claiming the attacks
appeared sporadically at the sites of the attacks, sometimes
in anonymous messages to the Digos (special political
police). The flyers claiming the attacks spoke of the repressive
nature of prisons, solidarity with people arrested at anti-
globalization demonstrations, and various other matters. The
actions are attributed to individuals of "the extreme area of
the anarchist archipelago, that to the insurrectionists."
January 18, 2003, California: Two Thousand Anarchists
Go On Rampage During Anti-War Demo
San Francisco: Thousands of protestors marched, danced
and sprinted through the streets of San Francisco shouting
slogans against war, racism and capitalism. The protestors
were part of a breakaway march from the larger permitted
rally organized by A.N.S.W.CA. (Ret Now to Stop War and
Gnd Racism) which brought out approximately 200,000
demonstrators. Rfter the permitted march got to its
destination, about two thousand demonstrators broke off
They stopped at the building that holds the San Francisco
Chronicle, a major newspaper, notorious for its right-wing
slant. Masked speakers on a megaphone pointed out how
the coverage from this newspaper, and from the capitalist
media in general, serve to bolster the US war effort at the
same time as other masked protestors conveyed this
message by tagging the building with "weapon of mass
destruction," among other messages. Next, the building
that houses the British consulate was tagged, with
protestors stressing the international nature of the struggle
against war and capitalism, and calling for similar actions
by the people of Britain against the capitalists there.
Protestors are well aware that Tony
Blair is, as one person at the event
put it, "Bush's Poodle." Protestors
punctuated their message by
smashing a number of windows.
One spray-painted slogan read "UK
out of Iraq! Burn the State!" The
breakaway march wound its way
through the city, using a number of
sophisticated tactics to out-maneuver
the police. Rs they moved along,
more and more newspaper boxes
were knocked into the street, and
through the windows of a Starbucks
and a Victoria's Secret. The high
point of the demonstration was in
attacks on the building that houses
the Federal government's Immigration
and Naturalization Service. Numerous windows were broken
and a cement pylon and a newspaper box were thrown
through the INS building's glass front doors. After September
1 1 of last year, media, critics and politicians gloated about
what they saw as the death of radical street protests in
the United States. The more conservative elements of the
anti-globalization movement were frightened by a possible
confrontation or worse, saw it as a time to stick together
A gasoline bomb explodes near
Greek pigs at anti-war protest
in Athens on Feb 15, 2oo3.
and offer "critical support" to the United States government.
Rt the same time the radicals were targeted with stronger
and more aggressive policing, and international financial
institutions such as the World Trade Organization held their
meetings in countries with repressive regimes that do not
allow protest. But the radicals in the anti-globalization
movement were never just protesting "globalization"; they
were opposed to capitalist globalization. This analysis
has transferred easily into anti-war organizing. Maybe
smug critics and politicians were wrong. We are witnessing
a rebirth of the radical street demonstrations in the US. As
one black-clad and masked protestor said that day, "The
anti-globalization movement is dead, but the anti- capitalist
movement is alive and well."
January 19, 2003, Italy:
Open Season on Ski Resorts
On January 19, a fire devastated
the chairlift of a notorious ski resort
in Abetone, Pistoia, Italy. Ninety
cabins burned. Damages were
estimated at $7,000,000. A slogan
spray painted at the site said, "Fire
to Destructors — Free Marco!"
A communique sent to news
agencies claimed the action in
defense of the mountains and in
solidarity with ecodefence prisoner
Marco Camenisch, now on hunger
strike in his jail cell in Switzerland.
Marco Camenisch has been jailed
for blast attcks against the nuclear
industry in Switzerland. He was
imprisoned but escaped to Italy where he was recaptured
after several years. He was then accused of damaging
powerlines. He has been transferred back to Swiss jails to
finish his years of imprisonment and to await trial where he
is accused of murder of a border guard.
On the same night, two more actions, a bomb at a large
TV antenna and the torching of a mobile phone tower,
were claimed in solidarity with Marco.
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| We write to all Green Anarchists from a certain valley in Navarre (Basque Country) as
I activists of the local land squatting scene and as supporters of Faki Garcia Koch, an earth
■ liberation prisoner, who has been in prison for 18 months in the city of Pamplona.
I Around 1 943, General Franco 's government in Madrid finally threw out the last traditionally
J producing peasants from these mountains. Before this date, the vast majority of campesino
I families and clans had as little contact with modern 'progress' as imaginable in Western
I Europe. Economically the village communities had definite pre-capitalist
| subsistence-crop systems. The State could not be felt in these places. On the j
I other hand, the Catholic Church, as the only institution that managed to ^^H
I get control over the individuals living there, damaged seriously the jj'f
■ traditional Basque self-government on the level of village councils.
After 1959, the WMF and World Bank started to give credits to Jt?
the fascist government under the condition of the Spanish State
I producing cellulose (and permitting direct investment in
I Mediterranean tourism). So, the valleys abandoned by the humans
| were filled with pine trees. The fascist development program
I also included megalomaniac infrastructural projects in the
■ Pyrenees, in our case the huge "ITOIZ" dam project, which the
■ following governments finally started to build in 1985. The water
_ reservoirs in the Pyrenees are supposed to deliver uncontaminated
' water to the Mediterranean coast, parallel to the stinky heavy-metal
I river Ebro, where Irati's water is heading to naturally.
1 Since 1980 we have been squatting in these villages, which were
| abandoned for decades without human attention, in the former buildings ^%,,
I founded in the 11th century, now ruins. In the 90's a second generation of ii|
■ mostly urban socialized anarchists started up six more land squatting projects.
I As we are now re-building the ruins and re-opening the gardens, we try to live
J anarchist communism - recovering pre-capitalist sustainable production modes. We
• want to live using technologies, but only together with the struggle for independence I
I from petrol companies etc. This means that we understand, install, and repair *
| technologies by ourselves, without paying money to anybody. The big exception to
| this are some old vans which we use for transports, and that are legally registered.
1 Since 1 999 we have had eviction orders and the declaration of Navarra's government that they
■ will be willing to destroy the squatted villages entirely. So far this has not been carried out.
I Since 1994 we've seen direct action against the Itoiz dam project, in addition to the
some 800 m long steel cables with Rotaflex motorsaws. The action caused costs of millions of
Euros and paralyzed the project for 11 months. The activists were filmed during the whole
action and stood on the site waiting to be arrested and for police boots in their stomachs.
The politics of public action can be understood in the permanent climate of the War against
Terrorism which absolutely dominates the media and the repression (torture and isolation) of the
Spanish State. The 8 activists were condemned to 5 years of prison each by a judicial farce. They
went underground after the long court process ended in '99. The group then started an action
tour to prominent monuments in European capitals. 7 are still in exile outside of Spain.
Only Faki Garcia Koch was caught in June 2001, classified as a terrorist ("FIES-3") and held
in isolation for 12 months, until the campaign and the lawyer fought the re-classification. There
is a campaign going on for his freedom and for canceling the 8 penalties.
Meanwhile the concrete walls near Itoiz are finished. The government is deaf to prominent
engineers' serious warnings that the dam will BREAK when they fill the reservoir,
putting thousands of beings in serious danger, as well as the "ASCa" nuclear
power plant downstream the river Ebro. The next steps are the finishing of
new roads, the cutting of 1 million trees on the 1 , 1 00 hectares of the planned
reservoir, and the eviction of the last 2 of the 9 villages that are supposed
to be underwater. All this is accompanied by the largest militarization
per inhabitant that is known in Spain, while different forms of
social-ecologist protest are going on.
We definitely would like to have more exchange and mutual
solidarity with other movements. The best for us is collaboration
with the long-term empowerment of our squatting communities. All
Green Anarchists are warmly invited to get to know our valley.
Although it is honest to
remind you that our com-
munities function in Spanish
(and Basque) and that it'll be more easy to
organize in these languages.
If you want to distribute the
SOLID ARI@S CON ITOIZ action
videotape, or for any other com-
ment, contact to us. ,
legal campaigns run since 1985. After a series of non-violent and public actions in
construction sites, offices, and monuments, on April 6th 1996, 8 "Soliarios con Itoiz" cut
FREE I¥AKI! POR ITOIZ NO
Grupo de Apoyo a I?aki
(GAI) Iyaki support group
address: GAI, Apdo. 35, E-
31430 Aoiz (Navarra)
Every morning I wake up and
wonder what I should do-
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
February 1 5, 2003, Oregon:
Anarchists Attack Army Recruiting Station
Portland: From the communique: In the wee
morning hours of Saturday the fifteenth, a small
group of anarchists targeted the huge conglomerate
recruitment center on S€ 82nd Street. Undaunted
by the bright lights of the shopping center, the
group threw bricks at the windows and spray
painted "no war but the class war" on the concrete.
The action was in solidarity with the millions of
people rallying worldwide against the war on
Saturday, and served to draw attention to
recruitment's fascist targeting of minorities, young
people and people living in poverty. The anarchists
feel that military recruitment is a large and highly
ignored part of US imperialism, and as we speak
recruiting centers are sucking the bio-mass from poor
neighborhoods near you and feeding
it into the war machine. The action was
autonomous, spontaneous and
unaffiliated with any group.
February 1 5, 2003, Greece:
Anarchists Up The Ante At Anti-War
Athens: Riot police fired tear gas at
demonstrators who threw stones and
several petrol bombs at them during
a rally against a U.S.-led war on Iraq.
Dozens of masked anarchists splintered
from a main body of up to 50,000
demonstrators gathered in the Greek
capital, smashing several windows and
burning a parked car. In the main
northern city of Thessaioniki, protesters
threw stones at the U.S. consulate and
police also used tear gas. In Rthens, the violence
broke out in the main Syntagma Square across from
the Greek parliament, where the windows of several
banks and shops were broken. Two newspaper
offices were also attacked. Police fired volleys of
tear gas, which wafted through the area sending
shoppers scurrying for safety. In Patras, 4,000
people demonstrated against the war and a block
of about 300 anarchists threw yogurt and eggs at
the British consulate, the courthouse, a bank and a
local government building. The majority of people
in Greece strongly oppose American imperialism
and military action against Iraq.
February 1 5, 2003, England:
Anarchists Breach World Service Headquarters
London: The BBC has instigated a wide-ranging
security review after up to 50 anarchists barged
their way into the headquarters of the World Service.
Some members of the group were said to have
roamed around Bush House in Rldwych for some
time before being rounded up. World Service
managers are said to have been aghast at the
intrusion, which came less than two years after the
Real IRR detonated a bomb outside SBC Television
Center in west London. The incident raised concerns
that the World Service could be the target of a
violent attack. The security response to this recent
incident, which had been kept secret until the BBC
was contacted by the Guardian, was described as
"woeful". Sources say 40 to 50 intruders entered
the Bush House early morning, easily overcoming
security guards. They are said to have penetrated
deep into the building, including the offices of one
of the foreign language services. One source said
some managed to get on to the roof and replace
the BBC flag with an anarchist black flag. The ease
with which the intruders overcame "minimal" security
at Bush House has caused alarm at the BBC.
Security measures at the BBC Television Center at
White City were tight before the Real IRR bomb:
glass security doors replaced turnstiles after an
intruder entered the television newsroom in 1999.
February 16, 2003, California: Anarchists Go On
the Offensive During International Day of Action
Against the War
San Francisco: fl group of demonstrators broke
away from the huge crowd at the SF Civic Center
area at the end of a huge anti-war march and
clashed later with
police during a
tion marked by
Members of the
group broke win-
dows at several
on a pair of police
cars during their
with graffiti. They
climbed onto a
cable car, and later tossed bottles and other objects
at mounted police who were trying to control them.
fit one point, the group - which began with about
1,000 people and dwindled to about 200 - took
over several busy streets in the financial district.
Police said two officers were injured during the
confrontation and taken to the hospital, where they
were treated and released. The breakaway crowd
was mostly made up of an anarchist Black Bloc. The
group pulled out of the Civic Center area when the
main demonstration was all but finished and many
of the original participants had left the area. Rround
4 p.m., a group that estimated at around 1,000
began marching into the financial district. Individuals
from the group broke windows at McDonald's and Old
Navy, as well as the window front at Rbercrombie Si
Fitch in the SF Center. R dozen or so protestors also
ran through the main entrance to the mall and threw
rocks at some stores to try and break windows,
without success. The protestors also broke out the
windows of two SFPD patrol cars. Using bullhorns,
police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly,
warning people they would be arrested if they did
not disperse. Some protesters left and others began
throwing objects - bottles, sticks and garbage -
at police on horseback. The terrified horses began
bumping against each other and finally, the mounted
officers galloped away to cheers from the crowd. The
dwindling group was boxed-in by police into the
center of the intersection, and police began arresting
some of them and placing them in sheriff's vans.
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Throughout the prison camps known as schools one often hears the age-old adage "sticks and stones
may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." This assertion that words do not hurt operates as a
front — a fagade which domesticated people use as defense when bullies cut them down.
Sticks and stones do not hurt much in comparison to the psychological damage inflicted by name-calling.
People should resort to violence more often as a way to avoid psychological beat-downs for a couple of
reasons; they are the following: 1 . When you are in a fight your mind slices through the social conditioned
crap, thus you revert to the primal way of life, becoming an animal (as you know all animals are vastly
superior to any civilized human). 2. Your senses become enhanced and your mind gets cleansed.
One must be fully certain that his or her target deserves the act of violence that s/he commits. When
violence is just, it's beautiful, but when it is not deserved, it's uglier than sin. One must also realize the
repulsiveness of institutional violence, such as the military; people who serve in the military go to faraway
places and kill people who they do not know. In these cases violence is not used for self-defense, but rather
as a method of smoothing problems out in order for the system to run more effectively. For example, the
U.S. shall attack Iraq for oil, the main resource that keeps the techno-industrial system running.
Pacifism serves as a tool of the system; the more people are pacified, the better the system operates.
Violence, when used properly, attacks the all-encompassing system. Bear in mind that any success through
pacifism (such as Indian resistance to British rule) occurred in an entirely different context than today.
So, if you desire to fight the powers that be, train yourself in the usage of deadly weapons, and other
survival skills (e.g. know the wild edible plants in your bioregion). This isn't hard to do. Go to gun shows,
check out some useful books — more importantly, train yourself, because reading material pales in
comparison to actual experience. If your library (basically the only good thing that a democratic regime
produces) does not have any good books, you should use what is called an interlibrary loan. Also, get
plenty of exercise, and eat healthy. In short, prepare for the fall (it's coming soon). . p a f Rock
1 mum of wmmb
Despitethe tremendous successes we've had in the past few years, several
recent anarchist mobilizations have been hijacked by a shrill minority that
wishes to impose permits, routes, parade marshals (e.g. peace police), zones
of actions and other such nonsense, turning our rage and creativity into a
well-ordered media spectacle: or worse, mass arrest The constant and insincere
calls for "solidarity" and protecting others have turned our once raucous
resistance into an exercise of well-organized crowd control.
But it hasn't always been like this...
Just a few years ago the military's pet think tank RAND organization wrote:
"Anarchists [in Seattle 1999] using extremely good modern communications,
including live internet feeds, were able to execute simultaneous actions by
means of pulsing and swarming tactics coordinated by networked and leaderless
'affinity groups.' Rather it became an example of the challenges that
hierarchical organizations face when confronting networked adversaries
with faster reaction cycles. This loosely organized coalition, embracing network
organization and tactics, frustrated police efforts to gain the situational
awareness needed to combat the seemingly chaotic Seatfle disturbance."
RAND concludes that there is litde that hierarchical organizations like
the police can do to deal with such chaotic tactics. In addition, they sound
the alarm that our types of groups facilitate rapid evolution of tactics and
promote greater recruiting opportunities than traditional demonstrations.
We gain nothing returning to the tactics of ten years ago: the scripted,
bland and boring traditional leftist demonstrations of parade routes, leaders,
speakers, and marshals. What we need is creative, decentralized, and most
of all, chaotic action.
One tactic used in Seattle and elsewhere that utilizes chaos is "pulsing." Pulsing
is the ability of groups of people to come together, disperse to safety and
reform in new groups. While this is similar to the guerrilla tactic of
"absorption," there is an important difference.
Che's notion of "absorption" is simply when a "force attacks the enemy for a
period of time and then breaks off the attack being absorbed into the community
or environment" from where it came. Pulsing is a constant flow of people joining,
breaking up and rejoining, often in new combinations of groups. The most
successful way this can be done is through small decentralized autonomous
groups (e.g. affinity groups) that have the decision-making power to decide
for themselves when and with whom to interact
RAND points out that pulsing makes crowd control very difficult because
it keeps "rearranging the threats" and that there is no prearranged pattern
that police can analyze and neutralize. This unpredictabUity is the cornerstone
of chaos theory.
A biological example beloved by chaos theorists is bacteria. Bacteria function
in pulses, creating ever-new patterns of connections. Chaos thinker Plane wrote,
"Each pattern is organic and results from random forces in the environment
The ever-changing collection and density [pulsing] of bacteria makes their
organizations very durable and adaptable."
"Swarming" is another way we can inject chaos into our actions. Swarming
is the tactic of hitting a number of targets at the same time without following
a pre-set pattern. Decentralized swarming frustrates law enforcement's
ability to protect targets and disrupt our activities. They are forced into
"reaction" as opposed to their goal of "controlling the agenda for protests."
Again, the only way for this to work with thousands of people is for us to
organize in a radically decentralized manner; decentralizing work and
actions by the channels of affinity groups to be utilized best, so that the
groups select actions that match their interests and abilities.
In demonstrations, hierarchical organizations are quickly overwhelmed
when their central nervous system is confronted by the chaos caused by
unpredictable, pulsing swarms. Anarchists can take advantage of these
matrices of opportunity opened up by autonomous groups, giving us a huge
advantage over slow reacting, hierarchical groups like police.
Both pulsing and swarming inject the crucial element of chaos into our
demonstrations. Police are repulsed by chaos, as are all hierarchical
organizations, and thus are slower to react. These tactics provide affinity
groups opportunities that they could have never planned for: like liberating
an unguarded dumpster next to a checkpoint that can be turned into a
battering ram or finding an unlocked service entrance into a hotel where
IMF delegates are staying.
Chaos also allows small actions to be multiplied and expanded on. Even
small initial changes can accumulate quickly creating profound and
unlikely changes just as a butterfly flapping its wings in Argentina may
cause a hurricane in New York.
We are not robots, we are not pawns of organizers: we are a pulsing
swarm of creative and free butterflies. We are fighting for our lives and
dancing to be free.
Curious George Brigade
International Anarchist Cabal
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
LIFE DURING WAI1TIMK!
Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Imperialist Battles
"The sit-ins, the lie-ins, the crawl-ins, the cry-ins, the beg-ins are all outdated" - Malcolm X
It's hard to think of another time when there has been such
a pronounced gulf between armchair intellectuals and activists;
between the theorists of revolution and its attempted practi-
tioners. UUriters who for years have been publishing essays
that sound like position papers for vast
social movements that do not in fact exist
seem seized with confusion or worse,
dismissive contempt, now that real ones are
emerging everywhere. The rift between
passively-contemplative academics and
revolutionaries is nowhere more obvious than
in the case of what's still, for no particularly
good reason, referred to as the "anti-
globalization" movement, one that has in a
mere two or three years managed to transform
completely the sense of historical possibilities
for millions across the planet.
This may be the result of sheer ignorance,
or of relying exclusively on what might be
gleaned from such overtly hostile, pro-
capitalist "news" sources like the New u ork
Times; then again, most of what's written in
supposedly "alternative" papers also seems
largely to miss the point of what participants
in the "anti-globalization" movement feel is
most important and dynamic about it. Much
of the hesitation to fully embrace the growing
international anti-capitalist movement lies in
the reluctance of those who have long fancied
themselves radicals of some sort to come to
terms with the fact that they are really liberals:
interested in expanding individual freedoms
and pursuing "social justice", but not in ways that would
seriously challenge reigning institutions like Capital or the State,
find even many who would like to see revolutionary change are
not entirely happy about having to accept that most of the
creative energy for radical politics is now coming from anarchy —
a tradition and a perspective that they have hitherto mostly
dismissed — and that taking this new movement seriously will
necessarily mean a respectful engagement with it.
What separates the current "anti-globalization" movement
from previous "protest" movements is its emphasis on direct
action. The very notion of direct action, with its rejection of a
politics that appeals to governments to modify their behavior,
in favor of physical intervention against state power in a form
that itself prefigures an alternative - all of this emerges
directly from the anarchist tradition. Anarchy is the heart of
this new movement, its soul; the source of what's so energizing
and hopeful about it.
But however you choose to trace the origins of strategies
like the "Black Bloc" and economic sabotage, these new tactics
are perfectly in accord with the general anarchistic inspiration
of the "anti-globalization" movement, which has nothing to
do with seizing state power and is more about exposing,
de-legitimizing and dismantling mechanisms of rule while
winning ever-larger spaces of autonomy from it. After
nearly half a century of slumber and dormancy, anarchy
has reappeared on the world stage just where it had been at
the end of the 19th century, as an international movement at
the very center of revolutionary struggle.
Vet it would be inaccurate and Curo-centric to give anarchists
all the credit for the present strength and vitality of the "anti-
globalization" movement, when just as many (and perhaps
more) contributions to its growth and development have been
made by indigenous communities of resistance. International
resistance movements of the past usually ended up exporting
western organizational models to the rest of the world; in this
case, the flow if anything has been the other way around. Many
of the "anti-globalization" movement's signature strategies were
first developed in the global South. In the long run, this may
well prove to be the single most radical thing about it.
November 1 7, 2002, Greece: Greeks Riot against State
Tyranny at Annual Anti-Fascist March
Athens: Outnumbering police forces by just two to one, some
10,000 people took part in the annual march commemorating
the November 1 7, 1 973, Polytechnic student revolt, which was
augmented by rioting anarchists and leftists. Police said some
300 youths joined the main body of marchers, who were
heading from the Patission St Polytechnic complex to the US
Embassy. They threw sticks, stones and flares at police out-
side Parliament, and targeted riot squad officers at the War
Museum and the Hilton Hotel with Molotov cocktails. Rioters
set up barricades of chairs seized from local cafes at Mavili
Square, near the US Cmbassy, smashed the entrances to six
blocks of flats, broke two car windscreens and burnt down a
bus company ticket booth before being chased off by police
using tear gas. In a similar march in Thessaloniki that day, a
state TV cameraman was injured by rioting youths, several of
whom were detained.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
December 1 9-20, 2002, Argentina: Protests Mark Anniversary
Buenos Aires: Thousands of demonstrators marched on
December 19 to the Plaza de Mayo to commemorate the first
anniversary of a popular uprising that prompted the resignation
of President Fernando de la flua and led to
a wave of violence, looting and state
repression that killed 25 people. While the
march and rally remained peaceful, some
marchers blocked access to banks and
currency exchange businesses along the
route, and threw a paint bomb at the
entrance of the Buenos Aires stock market.
Demonstrators also burned effigies of President
Cduardo Duhalde and former President
Carlos Saul Menem. Thousands of police
agents were deployed to handle security
during the activities of December 1 9-20, but
they kept a low profile. Many banks, stores
and other businesses closed early and
boarded up their windows to avoid being
targeted by protesters. Smaller demon-
strations also took place on December 20
in other Argentine cities: some 7,000
marched in San Salvador de Jujuy, capital of
the northwestern province of Jujuy. In
Cordoba, capital of Cordoba Province, some
1 ,500 marched; one group of marchers broke
off from the crowd and threw rocks at a
McDonalds restaurant and the offices of
Telecom. In Santa Fe Province, thousands
marched in the provincial capital, where nine
people were killed in the uprising a year ear-
lier, and 1 ,000 marched in the city of Rosario. On December 20_
in lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires Provir.
individuals threw pamphlet bombs at <
office of the Spanish telecommunicate
Messages left at both sites referrj
anniversary and the "struggle of (
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paint over some of the graffiti, but that some of the billboards
would have to be re-papered at a cost of thousands of
dollars. "There's quite a bit of damage back there," Dan Norton
said. "In one case they shut off the electric so the lights were
off (while they painted the graffiti). In another case they
needed a 32-foot ladder to get up there. They did just what
they needed to do."
February 4, 2003, Ireland: Plowshare Activists Arrested for
Disarming US Plane
Shannon: In late January, an Irish peace activist took a
hammer to a US Navy plane in Shannon Airport, causing
hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. She is currently
on remand awaiting trial for this action. On February 2, five
Catholic Workers/Ploughshares activists cut their way into the
airport and poured human blood on the runway that has been
servicing US military flights, troop and munitions deployments
to US military bases in Kuwait and Oatar. The five constructed
a shrine on the runway to Iraqi children killed and threatened
by the Bush/Blair war machine and sanctions. The shrine
consisted of religious articles, flowers, and photographs of
Iraqi children. They then began to take up the destruction of
the runway, working on its edge with hammers. Having
disarmed the runway, the activists turned their attention to a
hanger housing a US Navy plane which was under repair from
the previous action. The plane was disarmed; the hanger was
dismantled; and the message "Pit stop of death" was painted
on the hanger's roller door. At this point all five activists were
arrested. Since their arrests the five have refused to co-operate
with bail conditions, have initiated a fast for peace and a call
for mass nonviolent resistance to Irish complicity in the forth-
coming war on Iraq. It has also been reported that following
these two Ploughshares style actions the military has deployed
kroops to guard its planes at Shannon airport.
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referred to the incidents as "commercial terrorism." Dan Norton,
vice president of operations, said the company was able to
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eriod of frajM H> a Formerly hegemonic world system.
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haftt belH ll anywhere with respect to political
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th3M ■ba/ice of American power, which is
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formerly in the employ of the
entury, often at the gates, burning
o~me itself. Could the U.S. now be in a similar
situation? Utter all, the new "terrorists" are former
warriors in the employ of empire who have changed sides.
The phony "unification" that the U.S. is now so desperately
promoting has taken the form of a larger international project:
the 'War on Terrorism." But this is only a unification among
state elites and the western ruling class, and has nothing to do
with the actual feelings and desires of the rest of the human
population. Ule may be approaching the end of €mpire or its
temporary reinforcement or even expansion, but one thing is pretty
certain: The empire is impaired and it is our time to strike.
February 25, 2003, Argentina: Squatters Battle Police
Buenos Aires: Riot police clashed with hundreds of squatters
being evicted from an abandoned building in old Buenos Hires.
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas as the squatters tore
down metal barriers and lobbed stones at a nearby police
station on the cobbled streets of the San Telmo quarter, once
renowned for its expensive antique shops, cafes and tango
dancing. Water cannon vehicles and police wielding batons
blocked off a main artery into the city that runs past the large
building -- a former children's home -just a ten-minute walk
from the Presidential Palace. One elderly woman who was
evicted from the building sobbed, "I don't have thousands of
pesos to buy a house." City authorities wanted to clear out
the building and demolish it, arguing it could fall down and
injure the squatters, some of whom had lived in the deserted
structure for 15 years. As Argentina struggles with its worst
economic crisis in a century, squatter settlements have multiplied
across the city, once dubbed the "Paris of South America."
February 26, 2003, Argentina: Militant Protests Greet Trial
Buenos Aires: Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets,
dispersing about 200 demonstrators outside the gates of a
federal courthouse where four militant activists went on trial
for inciting violence against the government eight years ago.
Masked demonstrators responded by throwing rocks and sticks.
As protestors scrambled to escape billowing clouds of tear
gas, one television cameraman was hit in the face by a rubber
bullet. The violence caused the opening of the trial to be
rescheduled. The four members of "Quebracho," a leftist group
known for leading anti-government protests, are accused of
possessing illegal weapons and inciting violent protests.
AS WE CO TO PRINT...
March 9, Mexico: Farmers, Anarchists and Students Rip Apart
Voting Booths During elections In Mexico's Largest State!!
San Salvador Anteco — Protesters wearing ski masks and
waving machetes demolished voting booths and fought with
authorities during municipal elections in Mexico's largest state.
More than 8 million voters were choosing 1 24 mayors and 45
lawmakers in the state that borders Mexico City. Violence broke
out in San Salvador Anteco, the scene of a major clash last
year with Mexican President Vincente Fox's government over
the building of a new international airport in this town 15
miles northeast of Mexico City. The land in question would
have been used by Fox to make his most important physical
contribution to modernizing Mexico: an 1 1 ,000-acre international
airport with six runways. But to the farmers, many of whom
are Indians, the plan sounded like a modern-day Conquest.
"Without our land we would be like caged birds. And what
would happen to our dignity?", said Jorge Cspinoza, whose
great-grandfather lost his leg fighting alongside Zapata.
"We want progress that allows us to be owners of our destiny.
The government wants to make us peons in an airport."
Protesters claimined Anteco had seceded from the rest of
Mexico state since the airport dispute. A group of 300
farmers, anarchists and students ripped apart all three voting
booths. Fights broke out when election officials tried to keep
protesters from stealing and burning ballots. Protesters then fired
a cannon to celebrate the destruction of the voting booths.
The anti-election festivities left the town "deeply divided"
and saw many residents head to other areas to "vote".
In neighboring San Francisco Acuixcomic, local do-gooders
formed a human chain to protect voting booths, but anti-
government protesters eventually stormed the village and
destroyed all voting materials. This incident only illustrates
how all over the world, from Argentina to Algeria, the State
as an institution and a political conceptualization is losing all
credibility and support.
A toast to democracy^J^jsyM^ufri^^this society
Sides in the voting game disapear into the same machine...
THE SAME MACHINE!
INSURRECTION IN ALGERIA
It's not at all surprising that news of the insurrection that has been going on in Algeria since April 2001 has not
been reported in US media. I learned about it through an Italian anarchist website: www.guerrasociale.org.
The uprising was provoked when police murdered a high school boy. On April 18, 2001, riots began in Beni-
Douala, an area of Tizi Ouzou in the region of Kabylia about 70 miles east of Algiers. Riots and demonstrations
quickly spread to other villages in the region. Rioters attacked police stations and troop detachments with
stones, molotov cocktails and burning tires, and set fire to police vehicles, government offices and courts.
Government attempts to quell the uprising failed. From the beginning, the rebels showed an unwillingness to
negotiate and refused all representation. By the end of April, targets of collective rage broadened to include
tax offices, all sorts of government offices and the offices of political parties. Rebels blockaded the main
roads and looted government buildings and other property of the rulers. Within a week the entire region of
Kabylia was in open insurrection. The state sent in its guard dogs to repress the revolt, leading to open
conflicts with deaths and injuries on both sides.
By the end of the first week of May, the insurgent movement began to organize itself in village and neighborhood
assemblies (the aarch) that coordinate their activities through a system of apparently mandated and
revocable delegates who would be bound to a very interesting "code of honor" a few months later. The only
political movement that might have had a chance of recuperating the revolt, the Front of Socialist Forces
(FFS) very quickly showed its true colors by offering to aid the president of Algeria, Bouteflika, in organizing a
Since then the coordination of aarch has been organizing demonstrations, general strikes, actions against
the police and the elections.
By mid-June, 2001 , the rebellion had spread beyond the borders of Kabylia, and in Kabylia state control had
been nearly completely routed. Offices of the national police were thoroughly devastated, and the police
themselves were shunned. Because no one in the region would sell them food and other needs, the government
was forced to ship in supplies to them by helicopter and heavily armed convoys.
At the end of June, the coordination of the aarch refused to meet with a government representative, clearly
expressing the attitude of the insurgents. In mid-July the coordination of Tizi Ouzou adopted the "code of
honor" which required delegates to pledge themselves "not to carry forward any activities or affairs that aim
to create direct or indirect links to power and its collaborators", "not to use the movement for partisan ends
nor to drag it into electoral competitions or any other possibility for the conquest of power", "not to accept
any political appointments in the institutions of power" among other things. This pledge was put to the test
almost immediately when unionists and partisans of the left tried to infiltrate the movement for their own
ends. The failure of this opportunistic attempt to hijack the movement was made evident during a general
strike on July 26, when demonstrators chanted: "Out with the traitors! Out with the unions!"
Huge demonstrations continued. In mid-August, the insurgents banned all officials from the Soummam
valley. This was not just due to a government celebration that was to occur there, but also because government
officials had begun to contact certain unidentified delegates of the coordination who supported the idea of
negotiation. Rather than weakening the struggle this government ploy led the insurgents to ban all government
officials from Kabylia. The minister of the interior was greeted with a rain of stones when he came to install a
On October 1 1 , the Inter-Wilayas coordination (of the aarch and other self-organized assemblies and
committees) decided that they would no longer submit the demands of their Platform to any state representative,
that the demands were absolutely non-negotiable and that anyone who chose to accept dialogue with the
government would be banished from the movement. Disobedience is total: taxes and utility bills are not
paid, calls to military service are ignored, the upcoming elections are refused.
On December 6, some self-styled "delegates" claiming to represent the aarch planned to meet with the
head of government. In protest a general strike was called in Kabylia. Sit-ins blockading police barracks
turned into violent conflicts throughout the region, some of which lasted for three days. Offices of the gas
company, of taxes and of the National Organization of the Mujaheedin were burned in Amizour. In El Kseur,
there were looting raids on a court and a judge's house.
At the end of February, president Bouteflika announced that there would be elections on May 30. The movement
responded by confiscating and burning ballot boxes and administrative documents. At the beginning of
March it called for a boycott of the elections throughout Algeria.
Bouteflika tried to appease the rebels by offering compromises which were refused and by moving police
forces out of two major cities, but he followed this with mass arrests of delegates of the aarch. After police
searches many other delegates went into hiding. Soon conflicts broke out. The government issued 400 arrest
warrants against delegates, leading to further demonstrations. Conflicts continued throughout April.
Despite government repression, the anti-electoral campaign of the aarch went forward in May with calls to
action, marches and the destruction of ballot boxes. Students demanding the release of prisoners greeted
president Bouteflika with a rain of stones when he went to the University of Algiers on May 20. The next day
the students occupied the university demanding the release of their comrades.
On May 30, election day, the entire region of Kabylia had less than a 2% voter turn-out! People showed their
preference for direct action by barricading the streets, occupying the offices of the prefectures and the
municipalities, and strewing the public ways with the remains of burned ballot boxes. A general strike
paralyzed the region. There were conflicts with the police and election offices were attacked and destroyed.
In the whole of Algeria, voter turnout was less than 50%, showing that the refusal of elections had spread
beyond the borders of Kabylia.
All through June, rebellion and social conflict continued through out Algeria. By August, violent conflicts and
an ultimatum issued by the movement forced Bouteflika to pardon all the arrested delegates of the aarch.
Upon release, the delegates declared that the struggle would continue.
In October another election was called. The movement met it with a general strike and demonstrations.
There were conflicts with the police everywhere. Once again, about half of the eligible Algerians boycotted
the elections. In Kabylia, in spite of the participation of the FFS in the elections, 90% of those eligible refused
to participate in the elections.
This insurrection is of great interest to anarchists. There are no leaders, no parties, no charismatic spokespeople
and no hierarchical or representative organizations of any sort behind it. It has been self-organized by those
in struggle in a horizontal method and with specific guidelines to prevent the possibility of recuperation by
parties, unions, politicians or other unscrupulous individuals, and these guidelines have been actively
reinforced by those in struggle. The movement is equally against all of the contenders for power: the military,
the government, Islamic fundamentalists, the left, the unions. It has successfully kept police "quarantined" to
their barracks for long periods of time. It has carried out two election boycotts. It has forced the government
to release arrested comrades. And it has carried out the daily tasks of an ongoing insurrectionary struggle.
All through autonomous direct action. .... - .
edited from an article
For another critique of the Algerian uprising,
check-out the Class Against Class website at:
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GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
Indigenous & Compesino Resistance
This section is dedicated to Standing Deer: Revolutionary, Native American, and former political prisoner.
Standing Deer Wilson was stabbed to death by a man he recently befriended in January 2003. Standing Deer was just
released from prison in September 2001 after a 27-year sentence for armed expropriations. He was also known for
exposing the plot to kill Leonard Peltier by the US government. To his friends, Standing Deer epitomized kindness,
warmth, honesty and revolutionary commitment. His death was senseless, but Standing Deer's spirit will live on.
December 5, 2002, Ecuador: Indigenous flbduct Oil Workers
PastQza Province: A group of indigenous Achuar people
from Ecuador's Pastaza Province abducted eight Ecuadoran
workers from the fuel exploration firm Companfa General
de Combustibles (CGC) to protest their presence on Achuar
land. The Achuar released all eight over the December 1 5
weekend following a week of negotiations between
representatives of the community, the Ccuadoran government
and the company. CGC has been operating since 1996 in
"Block 23" of the Ccuadoran Amazon; the
majority of the indigenous communities
in the area object to the company's
presence, saying it is violating ancestral
territorial rights. The workers were
released after the government agreed
to "urge" CGC to temporarily and
partially suspend its exploration efforts
in the area until a consensus is reached
over the continuation of the work.
Meanwhile, the Argentine company
Techint, which is building a new Heavy
Crude Pipeline (OCP) through Ccuador
as part of the OCP oil consortium, has
offered a $40,000 reward for information
leading to the whereabouts of two pipe- ■w^sHl
line workers kidnapped last October 2. The company paid a
ransom, but John Buckley of Britain and Luis Dfaz of G-cuador
have yet to be released.
December 1 7, 2002, Mexico: Indian Women Ban Liquor
San Rafael Tampaxal: As the Corona beer truck with its
clinking bottles lumbered into this Indian village in the
mountains of central Mexico, angry women ran out of their
homes, shouting: "Get out! Get out!" The women, many
carrying babies in colorful shawls tied around their hips,
forced the driver back down the mountain before he could
unload a single bottle — much to the chagrin of their
husbands, fed up with their men stumbling home drunk or
falling over in a stupor in their cornfields, the women of
this remote Indian village in San Luis Potosi state took
matters into their own hands, refusing to allow any more
alcohol to be sold in their community of 250 people.
Huasteco women — whose customs don't allow them to
own land unless they are widowed or orphaned —
traditionally don't drink alcohol and rarely hold positions
of power. The women's defiance has spread like wildfire
through these lush mountains. Since their bold stand more
than a year ago, women in at least ten Huasteco Indian
villages have gotten their leaders to ban alcohol and
another dozen communities are considering it. "A lot of
men are not happy with this," said Marcelina Martinez, who
helped turn back the truck from San Rafael. "They seem
sad. But, oh well. At least now they spend time with their
families, so in the end things are better. They didn't want
to listen to us, so we had to get angry." Over the past
decade, Huasteco women have taken on a greater role in
their communities as more men leave to find work, often in
the United States. Many women now manage the family
budget — something that may have led to the alcohol bans,
some say. The region relies heavily on coffee, and growers
are earning much less amid plummeting world prices.
"Before, if a man arrived home drunk, his kids could run
over and find something in his bag. But now, the little bit
that men make, they spend on drinking and it's affecting
the children," said one woman, whose village of Santa Rita,
down the mountain from San Rafael, is considering banning
alcohol. Liquor is an integral part of Indian ceremonies in
Mexico. Like many tribes, Huastecos pour alcohol on the
ground as an offering to Mother Carth before planting. At
festivals honoring each village's patron saint, men dance
to the traditional music of violins and guitars and then drink
until dawn. Women rarely drink, even at festivals, but they
recognize alcohol as an important part of their traditions.
Because of that, most dry towns lift their bans during
celebrations. "If they want to combat alcoholism they should
fight it at its roots and close down the factories. But they
pay a lot of taxes, so nobody will touch them." Still, women
say their bans have made a difference. As darkness fell over
San Rafael, young men sat on the main plaza, chatting and
chugging Coca-Colas. "My husband now is home early
instead of stumbling in at 2 a.m. or falling over drunk on the
floor in the local store, where I used to find him," Martinez
said, washing clothes outside her thatched-roofed hut.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
December 1 8, 2002, Canada:
Nuxalk First Nation Attacks Corporate Fish Farm
British Columbia: Natives, environmentalists and fishermen
stormed the construction site for an Atlantic salmon hatchery
on BC's central coast and tore it apart. Native leaders
likened introducing Atlantic salmon and the parasites and
diseases spread by fish farms to the arrival of the first traders
who spread smallpox up and down the coast killing 90 per
cent of the native people in some villages. The 60 protesters
who arrived by boat from the neighboring
communities tore open a gate
to the Omega fish
I hatchery in
20 fish farms
near Alert Bay
are being blamed for destroying the pink salmon runs in
the area, fewer than 1 50,000 of the more than 3.6 million
pink salmon that were expected actually returned this year.
A scientific study of the disaster suggests bloodsucking sea
lice they picked up on the way past the salmon farms killed
off the juvenile salmon. Natives raised the alarm even
before the fish failed to return, fishermen were finding young
pink salmon covered in the parasites near the fish farms and
last month demanded the shutdown of all the fish farms in
the area - to no avail. The B.C. Salmon farmers' Association
said it would cooperate with a
"scientific" study into the problem.
January 1, 2003, Mexico:
Rebels "Retake" Chiapas City
Chiapas: Some 15,000-
20,000 indigenous supporters
of Mexico's rebel Zapatista
National Liberation Army (C-ZLN)
marched in San Cristobal de las
Casas in the southeastern state
of Chiapas to mark the ninth
anniversary of their 1994
uprising. The huge nighttime
march was a symbolic, peaceful
"retaking" of the city, which the
rebels seized with a surprise
armed attack on January 1 ,
1994. Carrying machetes and torches, the demonstrators
listened as seven masked CZLN members denounced
Mexico's main political parties, the government of President
Vicente fox Quesada and neo-liberal "globalization," and
expressed support for the struggles of Mexican campesinos,
"the political struggle of the Basque people," self-
determination for Venezuela and "the rebel Argentine
people." The mobilization was the C-ZLN's largest since
2001, when the rebels mounted a large campaign for
indigenous rights legislation, and it also marked the
official end of the year and a half of silence the rebels
maintained after Congress passed legislation that was
unacceptable to the C-ZLN and most indigenous groups. On
December 30 the C-ZLN's main spokesperson, Insurgent
Sub-Commander Marcos, set a new, more aggressive tone
with a letter published in the Mexican daily La Jornada.
The letter dealt with the government's efforts to remove
indigenous communities set up over the past few years in
the Montes Azules ecological reserve in southeastern
Chiapas. The CZLN talked to representatives of the
communities, who said they would not leave until all the
C-ZLN's demands had been met. "We told them we support
them totally," Marcos wrote. "So it is good for everyone
to know this, and in time: in the case of Zapatista
villages, there will be no 'peaceful removals.'" Marcos
was referring to the "peaceful removal" on December
19 of one community, Lucio Cabanas, named after a
rebel leader in Guerrero in the 1970s.
January 18-23, 2003, Bolivia:
Guerrillas Cxecute Police & Military Officials Following Wave
Of Government Repression Against Campesino Groups
Cochabamba Province: On January 21 , 18-year old army
recruit Mario Copa Catacora was shot to death in an
ambush that left two soldiers and two police agents
wounded in Siete Curves, Cochabamba. Two other soldiers
were wounded in a similar sniper shooting in Siete Curves
on January 19. In a Reuters report that emerged January
22, a reporter filmed, photographed and interviewed a
group of people claiming to be an armed campesino group
called the National Dignity Army (C-DN), allegedly operating
in the Chapare. In a January 23 intelligence report, the
Bolivian army and police confirmed the existence of the CDN
and accused the group of responsibility for recent attacks
on soldiers and police agents. The intelligence report says
the group is led by Tiburcio Herradas Lamas ("commander
Loro"), who was arrested in 1 992 for involvement in the Tupac
Katari Guerrilla Army (C-GTK). Cocalero leader and politician
C-vo Morales Ayma said of Herradas, "C-veryone knows he's
an agent of the government, he always talks to you about
weapons to get information about you." Some speculate
that the CDN is a group sponsored by the government to
discredit the Bolivian social movements as "terrorists," while
others believe that the CDN is a genuine revolutionary force
which has been organized to retaliate against the police and
military for the violence perpetrated against exploited classes.
February 24, 2003, Peru: Farmers Trash Government Agency
over Coca Policy
Pucallpa: farmers who grow coca leaf in Peru's central jungle
sacked the offices of the state anti-drug agency in a violent
clash with police that left six people injured. Several people
were arrested in the tangle between the farmers, who have
been protesting for a week against a state drive to pull up
coca crops, and police the
jungle region of Pucallpa, some
600 miles northeast of the
capital, Lima. Half of the 16
lush jungle valleys that make
up the coca region in Peru have
been paralyzed by protest
marches, blocked highways
and shops locked by business
owners fearing violence. In the
jungle town of Aguaytia,
protestors burned computers,
furniture and documents that
they dragged out from the
local headquarters of govern-
ment anti-drug agency,
DC-VIDA. Tension in Pucallpa
has thickened since february 21 ,
when the government of President Alejandro Toledo arrested
Nelson Palomino, a chief coca leader, for alleged "terrorist
CRAZY GRANDPA WHISPERS
tells me: take a pick ax to new car row hack & clear the land
plant Hopi corn down to the sea
tells me: break open that zoo buffalo corral
chase them snorting through the streets
tells me: put up tipis in every vacant lot
shelter the poor without rent
tells me: steal those dogs the pound suffocates
cook them for Lakota stew
feed the hungry without words
Crazy Grandpa supposed to be dead They lock him up
He withered Not dead I feel him shrivel against my backbone
when I see anybody behind bars
Grandpa tells me: take back these cities
live as your ancestors Sew up the mouths of the enemy
with their damn beads
Grandpa I hear you through the walls of my skin
Grandpa if I obey you they'll lock me up again
like they did you
Grandpa it's such a fine
between my instincts & their sanity laws
I've no time to sew moccasins
Grandpa I'm still learning how to walk in this world
without getting caught
"One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk," -Tashunka Witko (Crazy Horse)
Civilization's basic drive towards the complete domination and
subjugation of all that is wild has resulted in a 1 0,000-year
war on the earth and her creatures. From property lines to
concrete, from napalm to barbed wire, civilization has always
used every tool in its arsenal to subdue that which is ungovernable.
Though civilized humans might like their cities neatly
separated from the natural world, the Wild (chaos) is not
submitting. Wild fauna and flora are reacting and adapting to
civilization as fast as they can, not just in relation to logging
and mining and ranching and fishing, but also to the fast-food
restaurants, golf courses and campgrounds that now occupy so
much of the earth s surface. Crows and their cousins in the corvid
family — ravens, jays and magpies — have spent thousands of
years taking advantage of human "ingenuity" and are now
having a high time scavenging on the edges of the modern world,
foraging in dumps and on suburban lawns, and nesting on
everything from Alaska oil rigs to skyscrapers.
In cities like Phoenix, hungry javelinas — knee-high wild pigs —
devour the exotic (and expensive) landscaping of wealthy
retirees, as Gila woodpeckers hammer away at air-conditioning
units and peregrine falcons smear pigeon guts on downtown
law-office windows, find all over the West Coast, from Los
Angeles to Seattle, you'll find the ever-adaptable coyote, an
animal so resourceful and crafty that it can learn and remember
which storm-sewer channels lead to which golf courses, which
duck ponds and swimming pools offer drinking water when the
hills are dry, and which dumpsters behind which supermarkets
are likely to be overflowing with delightfully rancid fish. While
many species are forced to flee the expanding rings of
development and "progress", hardier creatures like the
coyote are rushing in like bargain-hunters on their way to a
going-out of business sale. Intended or not, city parks and
college campuses have become effective urban
wildlife refuge for outlaw species like the coyote
and serve as guerrilla bases from which they can
launch their attacks on what has become their single
most important mammalian prey in the new techno
logical wasteland: the suburban housecat.
In fact, it is in the interface between civilization and
wilderness that an evolutionary showdown is brewing,
and the odds seem to favor the wild ones (and the few
humans left that haven't been terminally weakened by
the easy life furnished by civilization's machines.) The
system s teeming metropolises, all dependent on artificial
energy sources to drive the machines which maintain their
artificial environments, are starting to decay and implode.
The illusion is crumbling, the masses are panicking, and
the wild ones are watching, with eyes of green fire,
biding their time, studying their enemy.. ..and occasionally,
November 1 9,2002, Pennsylvania:
Clephant Kills Keeper at Pittsburgh Zoo
On mornings when weather permits, elephants at the Pittsburgh
zoo are brought out of their cages to walk with their keepers
(guards) around the grounds. On November 19, when two
zookeepers were about halfway around the zoo with a twenty-
year-old mother elephant and her 3-year-old female calf, the
mother elephant abruptly stopped near the Northern Shores Cafe
building. When one of her guards urged her to move along, the
elephant butted him and pinned him to the ground with her head,
crushing him. The entire incident lasted about 30 seconds and
it's believed that the zookeeper, Mike Gatti, died instantly. Connie
George, a spokeswoman for the zoo, said the elephant's behavior
that day was atypical. "This is our most docile elephant. She's
the model we use when we talk to other trainers about elephants.
She's like a model elephant. She's the most subordinate in the
group. She's so totally well behaved. She is not stubborn, she's
November 20, 2002, Washington:
Unrequited Love Nearly Kills Rattlesnake Abuser
YfiCOlT — fl man who was drunkenly showing off for his friends
by kissing his newly captured rattlesnake was bitten on the
lip and nearly died. Matt George, 21 , was immediately hospi-
talized in critical condition after the incident, but within a few
days his condition had stabilized. George was boastfully
displaying the snake he had caught on a recent trip to Arizona;
determined to be seen as the 'life of the party", George kissed
the 2-foot snake while holding it behind its head. Rebelling
against this humiliation, the snake took a chunk out of his face.
"Laughter is the pipe oF Pan whose joyful melodies set skyscrapers ablaze and cause the squirrel,
the elephant and the yarrow plant to wage massive war on I.B.AA. Laughter is the Flash in the eye oF
a jaguar pouncing on an unsuspecting game hunter. Laughter is an earthquake hitting every major
city with its wild abstract graffiti brought by hoary-headed bison coming once again to claim the
prairies For the wild ones whose purple tears have stained sadistic sidewalks much too long. "
— The Dances oF the Discordian Dervish
November 25, 2002, Connecticut:
Treasonous Turkey Causes Pre-Holiday Havoc
PLAINFI6LD — fl wild turkey gave some bankers and towns-
people a run for their money two days before Thanksgiving.
The hen turkey, weighing 1 5-20 pounds, staked out some turf
at the Jewett City Savings Bank and cornered customers as
they tried to enter. The feral bird first charged Dianne Beaulac,
a customer service representative at the bank. "I got out of
my car and he just came after me. I threw my keyset it, my hair
clip," she said. It took hours before town employees, crawling
along the building's roof and chasing the bird around the
parking lot, cornered it.
November 26, 2002, Malaysia:
"Performing" Snake Kills Charmer
KUflLfl LUMPUR — fl cobra bit and killed a snake charmer when
the man tried to coax it out of its box during a "performance."
The snake charmer, identified as R. flnbarasan, grabbed the
snake because it disobeyed orders and refused to appear in
the show. "When the snake refused, flnbarasan pulled its tail
and placed the cobra on the ground," P. Sivakumar told the
local newspaper. "Without warning, the snake
bit his left hand." flnbarasan died
three hours later in a
Notable Insect Rebellions In 2002:
Beyond the daily contributions that termites, carpenter ants
and cockroaches make towards the destruction of civilization,
our "animal slave revolt" news staff received word of two other
incidents of insect-related mayhem in the summer of 2002.
One occurred in Corn Fork, KV, in July, when Larry Goble's house
caught fire after an accident caused by Goble's attempt to
burn a wasp's nest on an outside wall. The other incident
occurred in August, when Rodrigo Vasquez's mobile home in
Rockingham County, PA, was nearly destroyed when gas
appliances ignited the owners' "pest-control" foggers.
Dec 4, 2002, Oregon:
Plane Hits Elk during Take Off,
Crashes off Runway
ASTORIA — A six-seat airplane hit an elk while taking off
from Astoria Regional Airport and erupted in a fireball. Four
people were on board, but no one was injured in the crash,
said Ron Larsen, airport manager. Interestingly enough, one
of the passengers was a military official, but airport
investigators declined to give more details about the plane's
mission or flight plans. The Learjet 36 was a civilian plane
under contract to the Canadian military and was leaving on
some sort of scheduled mission. The rural airport had planned
to install a fence next summer to keep out the wandering herds
of elk that migrate through the area.
January 14, 2003, Philippines:
Rooster Kills Handler during Cockfight
ZAMBOANGfl— fl cockfight turned deadly in the Philippines —
for a handler — when a rooster with razor-sharp steel spikes
strapped to its legs attacked him. The rooster, about to be
set loose for a bout in a crowded arena, hit the stunned man's
thighs and groin with the razor-sharp spikes, causing him to
bleed profusely in front of the shocked crowd. The man died en
route to a hospital. Cockfighting is a popular gambling sport in
the Philippines, especially in rural areas.
"Laughter is the scream oF a Factory drunk on
gasoline and matches giving light to a million dancing
birds oF paradise. Laughter dances on the hillsides
with witches in lunatic moonbeams as werewolves
tear robots limb From limb and bury them in boxes
labeled: For the earthworm."
— The Dances of the Discordian Dervish
The Beauty In The Beast:
Human And Animal Rebels Unite
Against The Forces Of Control!
After the last "Animal Uprisings" news section appeared in
issue #10 (Fall 2002) of Green Anarchy, many of our readers
wrote us requesting that we carry news items in the future
dealing with humans and other species working together to
undermine the tyranny of the system. We haven't heard of
any recent examples of this sort of thing, but here are a few
older pieces our hard-working anarcho-investigators were able
to unearth through their research. If anyone out there knows
of other instances of animal/ human collaboration, then please
write us at: P.O. Box 1 1331, Cugene, Oregon, 97440,
or email us at: email@example.com
* In the late 1 °60's, the New York City-based anarchist "street
gang with analysis," Black Mask, would gather emaciated,
half-starving dogs and release them in expensive restaurants,
as one strategy in their almost daily interventions into the
heart of the American spectacle.
* On December 12, 1980, around the time of some fairly
heated battles between squatters and cops in West Berlin,
600 white mice hidden in cornflake boxes were
smuggled into Karstadt department store's grocery
section. After eating their way out of boxes, they proceeded
to eat their way through the abundance of food which
now surrounded them.
The communique issued by the MflF (Mouse Army Faction),
which claimed credit for this action, stated: "This consumer
shit has stunk for a long time and me won 't let these American
colonialist Mickey Mouses make asses out of us anymore. We
don't want Disneyland, so the future ofHarstadt must be in the
hands of mice. For us prison walls are only blocks of cheese.
UJe'll eat up everything that destroys us. "
A couple of months later, in the middle of February, in a
coordinated attack on forty banks, the "Rolling Pig
Kommandos" stuffed bank letter boxes with pig shit and an
accompanying note reading in part: "Vou shit on the poor
pigs, but today you are full of shit. Vou made us into piggy
banks and slaughtered us, but pigs are animals too. UJe won't
allow you to build us new modern pigsties. Vou shit your money
into banks. From today onward we shit back. Solidarity with
the squattersl Freedom for all imprisoned squattersl Revoke
all charges! Hisses to Mausi from the MRF Hreutzberg!"
The next day, in an action also credited to the MAF
(Mouse Army Faction), twelve rats made homeless by a
squat eviction were released in City Hall.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
REFLECTIONS ON THE END OF WORK
The meaning of work is once again on the agenda and gaining
increasing relevance for contemporary struggles. Within
movements such as ecology, work is being examined from
novel and challenging perspectives and with a growing sense
of urgency. Beyond prior theoretical understandings, either
as the basis for identity (as in classical Marxism) or, conversely,
as being of no relevance to social transformation, the category
"jobs" is (re)opened as a crucial site of struggle. "What about
work?" is returning as a key question for transformative
politics at the turn of the millennium.
There are perhaps two principal, but very different, impulses
for an emergent critique of work: firstly, the anti-productivist
visions of social relations coming from social movements —
most significantly ecology — which have encouraged a rethinking
of the character of work; and secondly the cybernetized
restructuring of global capital with its jobless recovery and
institutionalized levels of unemployment. The first impulse
tends towards radical and critical approaches to the decline or
end of jobs, while the second is commonly reflected in
expressions of anxiety, desperation and political reaction.
Numerous authors (Polanyi, 1958; Black, 1995; Bridges,
1 995) have discussed the historic emergence of "jobs" — meaning
"to work for wages" -- as something distinguished from the
performance of work — specific tasks engaged to meet direct
needs. This transformation was closely related to enclosure of
common lands and the separation of home life and work life
as people left villages to work in the factories of the cities.
Through industrialism work became transformed into jobs.
The new job-work gradually contributed to the destruction of
traditional social relations and served to undermine prior ways
of living. The job is a social artifact, although it is so deeply
embedded in our consciousness that most of us have forgotten
its artificiality or the fact that most
societies since the beginning of
time have done fine without jobs.
According to futurists such as
Bridges, we have recently entered
a new period signaled by further
transformations in what is to be
meant by jobs. "Now, once again,
we have come to a turning point at
which the assumptions about living
and working that people had grown
comfortable with are being
challenged" (Bridges, 1995:45).
Fellow Nostradamian Jeremy
Rifkin argues that the global
economy is in the midst of a trans-
formation as significant as the
Industrial Revolution. He suggests
that we have entered a "new
e c onomic era"marked by a declining
need for "mass human labor". As
computers, robots and tele-
communications networks and
other cybernetic technologies
replace human workers in an
increasing range of activities we
have entered the early stages of a
shift from "mass labor" to highly
skilled "elite" labor accompanied
by increasing automation in the
production of goods and the delivery
of services" (Rifkin, 1995).
Bridges suggests that changes in
technology and the global market
have transformed work relations in
such a manner as to suggest the
disappearance of the very category
"job". Cybernetization of capital
has provided a context in which it
is not unreasonable for workers to
expect that their jobs will be
eliminated. Bridges also suggests
that each increase in productivity
seems to make jobs redundant.
Corresponding to this may be a
shift in peoples' perceptions of
work. More and more, people are
"searching for alternatives to jobs
and job descriptions" (Bridges,
1995:46). Rifkin suggests that the
"jobs" question is "likely to be the
most explosive issue of the
More interesting than the futurists
are those calling for the outright
abolition of work in its job form.
Recognizing that the category
"job" signifies a dependency relationship disguised as
independence (the "freedom" to consume), work abolitionists
call for workers of the world to relax in a gleeful rejection of
the leftist mantra of full employment (Black, 1995).
Hardhat hung on a nail,
all my saws are
Thirty stories over Seattle,
In all that haste
and crazed ringing whine
what did my hammering count?
the grain of fir
imprisoned in cement
When I looked at those damned grey walls
I saw a river
I saw mountains
The veins of leaves
and braided streams of glaciers
in chips of dried slurry
Overhead, in the open sky
The maddened howl of engines
Turns to thunder
And carries my heart
Across ranges and ranges
of old age hills
To a high place
where all the waters are born
where all the songs
where the dreams begin
Get somebody else
to beat the earth into dead shapes;
I can't do it anymore, foreman,
The abolitionist appeal is not a project for further integration
of the working classes through preservation of jobs at all costs
and over-reliance upon parliamentary mediation towards that
end. Rather it expresses traditionally anarchic or libertarian
sensibilities which journey beyond the reductionist contortion
which has seen work come to be equated with jobs. This
unconventional approach is made manifest primarily through
emphases on creativity, self-determination and conviviality
of relations. The category "jobs" is understood ^^^^^^k
as marking a restriction of peoples' capacities
to care for themselves and those within their
communal/ecological groupings and is
therefore rejected as a point for a radical
Work abolitionism suggests a movement
not "of class" but rather "against class", i.e.,
against the commodification of creativity and
performance. Jobs or employment within the
"anti-class" milieu refer to the idea that one
must sell oneself to any function in order to
receive sustenance, i.e., the imperative of
wage labor. The category "jobs" speaks to
the compulsory character of involvement in
production - production enforced via relations
of economic and political control and power.
Questions of what one is doing are removed
given this construction, of course. Work is
no longer done for its own sake but for
secondary effects, such as wages, which are
not characteristic of or inherent to the work
itself. It might be said that jobs form a
condensation point for complex relations of
power around the
trading of time
for money, or
what Zimpel, quite
poignantly, refers to
as "a transaction of existential
Jobs, as characterized by an
extension of organizational control
over people as workers signify a
system of domination practiced
through forms of discipline which
include surveillance and time-
management. The regimentation and
discipline of the job serves to
habituate workers to hierarchy and
obedience while also discouraging
insubordination and autonomy. Jobs
as regimented roles replace direct,
creative participation and initiative
through arrangements of sub-
servience. Bob Black argues that
employment is capital's primary and
most direct coercive formation, one
which is experienced daily.
Anti-work themes are not new,
of course. They find antecedents in
Fourier, Lafargue, and even (especially?)
in Marx's critique of alienated labor.
For radical abolitionists, (see Negri,
1984) the liquidation of wage labor
is not a given; it is a question of
Here a convergence between anti-
work theorizing and the analyses
developed within autonomist Marxism
are particularly interesting. Drawing
from Marx's analysis of automation
within a wage system, autonomist
Marxists have argued that the
Cybernetization of capital will not
usher in a leisure society (who would
want it anyway?) but would instead
encourage an enlargement of the
realm of work as labor displaced from
primary and secondary industry
becomes reabsorbed by the tertiary,
quaternary, or quinary sectors as
farther and farther flung domains of
human activity are assimilated within
the social factory. Cybernetized
capital, through the commodification
of expanded and novel realms of
human activity, can maintain wage
labor, incessantly recreating its
proletariat, unless it is forcibly
interrupted by the organized efforts
of workers to reclaim their "life-time".
Projects of both the left and the right, however, have
maintained an almost devotional commitment to employment
and job creation as social goals. Differences only emerge over
details, such as wages, hours, or profitability. Until recently
there had been little debate around the future of work and
radical responses to the Cybernetization of production.
While most activists — feminists, civil rights, labor — have
sought increased participation in the job market, some greens
have begun to question participation itself. Perhaps more than
other activists, abolitionists have increasingly come to
understand jobs, under the guise of work, as perhaps the most
basic form of unfreedom,
one which must be
overcome in any quest
towards liberty. Too often,
previously, the common
response has been one of
turning away from
workers and from
questions relating to the
organization of working
relations. Radical politics
can no longer ignore
those questions which
are posed by the presence
of jobs, however. Indeed
it might be said that a
return to the problematic
of jobs becomes the
starting point for a
reformulation of radical-
ism, at least along green
So, what forms has the
organization of "workers-
(Industrial Workers of
the World) demands for
a four-hour-day may
be understood as an expression of opposition to the extension
of capitalist control over labor and the reduction of workers
to one-dimensional class beings. They suggest a movement
for autonomy wherein labor achieves some distance from
capital and the extension of control over creativity. The
shortened workday might be best understood as the opening
of creative time, outside of capitalist discipline and command,
and the expansion of time available for such "frivolous"
undertakings as bringing about the end of industrial capitalism.
In limiting the duration and intensity of the work day, labor
asserts its own project counter to that of capital.
The mythic use of the general strike by Wobblies might also
be understood in this manner. Anarcho-syndicalists have long
argued that for co-operative, community-based ways of living
to endure workers will have to stop producing for Capital and
State. Given current political economy, this implies that workers
must stop producing, period! In other words, class is only
abolished through not working — a general strike. Through
the general withdrawal of labor might the megamachine be
ground to a halt and left to rust!
Historically, unions had responded to technological changes
and increases to productivity with demands for a shortened
work-week. However, Rifkin reports that the union officials
with whom he has spoken are "universally reluctant to deal
with the notion that mass labor - the very basis of trade unionism
— will continue to decline and may even disappear altogether."
Mainstream unionists have been incapable of any radical
rethinking of their politics which might address the crucial
transformation in jobs. Such failures to adapt, or even to
remember their own radical histories, speak to the difficulties
facing workers within traditional unions in the contemporary
Rifkin — while not discussing specifically the ecological
significance of a shortened work-week -- recognizes that such
a shortening could serve as a rallying point for a powerful
convergence of social struggles. Rifkin's analysis remains
productivist (among other things undesirable), however — even
arguing that a shortened work-week could be beneficial for
capital in allowing for a doubling or tripling of productivity!
Rifkin never questions the legitimacy or the desirability of
capitalist relations. Indeed a major reason for concern over
"vanishing jobs" is that the transformation threatens a
capitalist collapse through a weakening of consumer demand.
Rifkin's main desire is to see an increase in the "purchasing
power" of workers so that "[ejemployers, workers, the
economy, and the government all benefit".
Like sociological "structural-functionalists" of old, Rifkin's
primary concern is with the possibility of "strain" in the
system and the alleviation of any such strain. Rifkin (1995b)
worries that the decline of jobs could threaten the foundations
of the modern state (Yikes!) through the destabilizing impact
upon social relations which previously rested upon a shared
valuing of labor — what he calls the heart of the social
contract. Rifkin even fears that the crisis in jobs will open the
door to renewed militancy and to extralegal expressions of
politics (Oh, horror!).
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In like fashion, Bridges optimism over possibilities for the
transformation of jobs speaks only to the strata of well-skilled,
well-paid workers in an increasingly polarized workforce. The
conclusions drawn by Bridges never question the hegemony
of capital in structuring possible responses to the "death of
the job", leaving the "employee" as an intact category facing
such unsatisfactory and increasingly tenuous options as
freelance work, part-time work, or piecework. The decline of the
job simply comes to mean that those who are working have
more work to do. Even limited concerns over what is being
produced, how, by whom and for what purpose never appear
on the horizon of Bridges schema. Neither do questions
regarding what happens to those newly "liberated" — the jobless.
Among abolitionists, the "end of work" suggests much more
intriguing possibilities. Far from being irrational responses
to serious social transformations, workplace rebellion and
workers' self-determination become ever more reasonable
responses to the uncertainty and contingency of emerging
conditions of (un)employment. They offer worker and
community self-determination as alternatives to neo-liberal
perspectives on unemployment. Such alternatives provide an
articulation of the end of work which emphasizes workers
actively overcoming their own workerness , against pessimistic
or cynical responses such as mass retraining which simply
reinforces dependence upon elites.
An objection might well be raised that abolitionism need
not imply a transformation of capitalism; after all, the "abolition
of work" is a reference also employed by some neo-liberal
post-industrial theorists. There, however, the abolition of work
is understood as completely realizable under capitalism. The
possible end of work is conceptualized as coming from the
application of innovative technological resources within
capitalist relations - not as a destruction of those relations. At
its most dramatic, it implies a leisure society enabled through
the development of artificial intelligence and robotics.
These are not acceptable alternatives. It is not conceivable
how any ecological lifestyles could be constituted otherwise
than with the outright cessation of capitalist production. Only
the end of production can necessarily imply the end of
nuclearism, weapons production, clear-cutting, toxic waste
products — the varieties of harmful applications to which
nature is commonly subjected (again, Black states this most
effectively). Among the prerequisites for ecological change
is a reduction both in the amount of work being done and in
the character of what is done. Much of work, involving
massive appropriation of natural elements, is useless. That
includes the defense and reproduction of work relations in
political (ownership and control) and economic (circulation
and consumption) forms.
Abolitionists envision work being performed through direct,
democratic, participatory means within which work is
conceived more as craft or play. Growing concerns over the
regimentation and alienation of working conditions along with
the fatal ecological consequences have contributed to the
emergence of anti-technology/anti-civilization (anti-tech/
anti-civ) discourses arguing quite persuasively that humans must
abandon not only industry and technology, but civilization itself.
Abolitionist visions are raised against the undermining
influences of work in contemporary conditions of globalism.
They offer but one, though perhaps the most interesting,
contribution to the problem of jobs and to the refusal of
authoritarian and coercive social relations.
Black, Bob. 1995. The Abolition of Work and Other Essays. Port Townshend: Loompanics
Bridges, William. 1995. "The Death of the Job." The National Times September: 4448
Negri, Antonio. 1 991 . Marx Beyond Marx. New York: Autonomedia
Polanyi, Karl. 1958. The Great Transformation. Boston: Beacon Press
Rifkin, Jeremy. 1995a. The End of Work. New York: G.P. Putnamis Sons.
Thompson, E.P. 1 963 . The Making of the English Working Class. Harmondsworth: Penguin
Witheford, Nick. 1994. "Autonomist Marxism and the Information Society" Capital and
Class 52 (Spring): 85-125
Zimpel, Lloyd (Ed.). 1974. Man Against Work. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
The Green Anarchy Collective also highly recommends to
our readers the excellent article, "Work: The Theft Of Life",
which appeared in the insurrectionary anarchist journal
Willful Disobedience ; Volume 3, Number 1 (available for two
dollars from PO Box 31098 Los Angeles, CA 90031)
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"7b some, the unique one appears to be an anarchist, because he defies authority in all its forms whenever
it gets in her way. To others, she appears to be an elitist, because he refuses to keep herself down because
of the weakness or stupidity of others or because of liberal, moralistic demands for mediocre equality. The
unique one is motivated by a "will to power" — a will to exercise the power of perpetual self-creation for her
own enjoyment. The social context parodies this will with the will to exercise the power of domination and
manipulation — the will to control others lives because one lacks the courage to create one's own. The unique
one knows that social domination is not a form of self-creation, but is merely enslavement to a social role."
— from The Unique One: a Manifesto by Feral Faun
Insane. To describe in one word a group of people who come When one of the pigs returned to his car, he noticed that the
up with some documents that are detailed guides for everyone
else's behavior (those making the laws surely disregard them
as often as they open their filthy mouths). It becomes even
more insane when whole gangs of people are hired and
trained as robots to defend the ideas in the documents, which
are only that, ideas. Much more physically tyrannical than
that are the giant cages and courtrooms that are built to
demonstrate the tangibility of their abstract documents. These
"abstract documents" — these laws — have helped create a
society where life is nothing more than an unending subjugation
of the individual mind and body to the demands of machines
and production. One can only be faced with such degrading
absurdity for so long before destroying oneself or
fighting back somehow, find indeed, there have always
been those who refuse to wear their chains like "good" slaves.
disruptive and rebellious individuals who — with jester-like
disdain — insist on distinguishing themselves from the
conformist mass of humanity who have become relegated to
the status of machines. These are the outlaws, the freelancers,
the "criminals" who live on the margins of the system,
independently, by their wits and in defiance of official forces:
Squatters who tap into stolen electricity, living a hidden life
out of the eye of the "authorities." Bank robbers and bandits
who expropriate wealth from the ruling class. Life outside the
system's laws — that is, choosing an unknown and expansive
existence over a repressive and constricted one — is always a
gamble but it is replete with opportunities for those who know
how to move through this unregulated zone, find hidden
resources and adapt to its conditions. For it is the free spirits,
those who cross forbidden zones and go wherever they wish,
who are living up to their fullest potential and who, through
their ability to live on the fringes, finally posseses more
"power" than the so-called powerful. Cheers to all engaged
in struggle, and maybe those of you on the fence between
the latter and the former can be inspired to live and become
a beautiful thorn in the side of the state.
October 5, 2002, Oregon: Widespread Sabotage of Police
Department Video Cameras
€UG€N€: Mechanics working for the Cugene Police Department
have found themselves repairing video cameras on patrol cars
over and over lately, in what appears to be a rash of
uncompromising attacks against the servants of neo-colonial
rule by local insurgents. The SpectraTek camera systems --
installed in 1997 as part of a $90,000 program to put a
camera in about two dozen police patrol cars -- is apparently
running into complications due to mysterious "gremlin-like"
sabotage. In the last three years, pig technicians found that
a dozen cables, wires or computer-style connections had been
either broken or disabled. In one patrol car, a camera
system's wiring was found pulled out of the monitor in the
passenger compartment and also cut near the VCR in the trunk.
It's nice to see Cugene dissidents (whomever they might be)
extending their rebellion against the occupying army (the pigs)
whose patrol cars, cameras and guns enclose our communities
and our lives. Our lives and our world are too important to us
to play by the rules set by those who seek to control us: We
claim the right to resist by any means we individually or
October 5, 2002, Oregon:
Local Rebel Arrested in Theft from Police
€UG€N€: A 20-year-old Springfield man has been charged with
stealing a computer and a nightstick from a Cugene police
cruiser. Joshua Lee Sullivan is being held in the Lane County
Jail on one count of first-degree theft. He was arrested after
police served a search warrant at his house in the Hayden
Bridge area of Springfield, where the vindictive pigs found
the missing computer and baton. The police gear was stolen
the previous Saturday from a patrol car parked near 19th
Avenue and Fairview Drive in Cugene. Several pigs had
responded to complaints of a loud party in the area.
instruments of oppression had been stolen. The Pigs would
not disclose how they linked Sullivan to the theft, but most
likely he took action spontaneously and forgot to wear gloves.
Actions such as these demonstrate that a new wave of
mutiny and refusal threatens to undermine the force-propped
edifice of authoritarian, high-tech capital: Rebellion is on the
rise, in every segment of the population. Let's be sure to
support those who dare to revolt!
October 8, 2002, Oregon:
Successful Bank Robbery Cast Of Cugene!!
SPRINGFICLD: Pigs searched in vain for hours for a playful
trickster who robbed a Springfield bank and drove off in an
expensive sport utility vehicle, disappearing in a chaotic,
optical blur that left the pigs frustrated and mystified. Like a
master magician, the unidentified male (who bank employees
are not able to give a good physical description of) entered
the Siuslaw Valley Bank at 11:27 a.m. and in a fascinating
display of sleight of hand, convinced a teller to hand over an
undisclosed amount of money without ever displaying a
weapon. A law-abiding bank customer (snitch) saw a black
Lincoln Navigator with Washington plates drive away from
the bank, and like a good robot, reported that information to
the pigs when they arrived. Springfield police detectives
searching the area saw the luxury SUV near Lowell and tailed
it while waiting for backup. But the driver eluded them near
Goodman Creek Road, misdirecting the pigs through a clever
transposition of moving objects. The vehicle, which was stolen
from a car lot in Vancouver, Washington, was later found
crashed in a ravine where Goodman Creek Road crosses Highway
58. Both the bank robber and the expropriated cash got away.
November 2002: City Worker Recused of Robin Hood Crimes
LAGRANGC, G€ — A city utility employee is accused of stealing
from the rich to help the poor pay their bills. Cassandra
Dickerson, 34, was charged with stealing $3,000 from the
Department of Utilities, where she worked for about a year.
Internal investigators said she diverted payments from
businesses to help people who were behind on payments or
needed deposits to get gas, water or electricity.
November 26, 2002, Oregon:
Two Banks Robbed On Same Day!
ASHLAND — Two Ashland banks were robbed just hours apart —
the first double bank robbery that this complacent, economi-
cally privileged city has seen in quite some time. Ashland, a
sleepwalking citadel of decadence, populated mostly by con-
formist and politically-sedated yuppies who flaunt their
wealth, is despised by anarchists all over the west coast for
its pretentious, plastic ways and for the subdued, drugged
quality of most of its inhabitants (it's been speculated that
some sort of "Soma"-like substance is being added to the
local water supply). It's nice to hear about something "out of
the ordinary" happening in a town that usually seems as "real"
as Disneyland or Pleasantville.
December 23,2002: Rock Burglars Net $20 Million During
9-Yeor Crime Spree In Arizona
Arizona's most elusive thieves, dubbed the Rock Burglars, were
back in high gear in December, smashing into five homes and
raising their take to about $20 million over the past nine
years. Frustrated police, who say they have no suspects, are
no closer to solving the crimes than they were in 1993. The
burglars have broken in to at least 255 upscale residences in
the northeast Valley, including the homes of Diamondback
outfielder Steve Finley in September, 2002 and former Vice
President Dan Ouayle in 1999. Luxury homes in Paradise
Valley, where the average house sells for $800,000, have
been the Rock Burglars favorite prey. More than half of their
heists, 144, have been committed there. Generally working
in teams of at least two people per hit, the burglars have
ranged across 800 square miles, netting mostly jewelry, cash
and handguns. In two cases, they nabbed valuables worth
more than $1 million. The busiest year for the Rock Burglars
was 1999, with 45 break-ins. The burglars almost topped that
total in 2002, with 44 break-ins. The burglars' spree began in
1993 in Paradise Valley, home to many of Arizona's richest
residents, who tightly guard their privacy. The thieves gradually
branched out into the deep pockets of the northeast Valley's
other luxury neighborhoods. "We haven't solved it yet
because they're just good burglars," said Sgt. Alan Laitsch,
who has been on the case since the beginning.
January 11, 2003, Greece:
Gunman Makes Off With Loot on Stolen Motorcycle
ATH6NS: A gunman made off with 1 7,000 euros after robbing
a bank in the Athenian district of Halandri. The unidentified
robber fled on a motorcycle which, police later confirmed, had
been stolen from the same area a week prior.
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November 1 9, 2002, California:
Man Kills Cop in Protest of "Corporate Irresponsibility"
RCD BLUFF: A cop was shot and killed while putting gos in his
car. Andrew McCrea, 23, claimed the shooting, saying he did
it in protest of growing police state tactics and "corporate
irresponsibility." We failed to obtain further info.
December 4, 2002, Netherlands: Bombs Placed in IK€A Stores
AMST€RDAM: Two bombs were found in outlets of the IK€A
home goods chain, and two police explosives experts were
wounded when one of the devices detonated as they tried
to disarm it. All ten stores in the Netherlands belonging to
the Swedish-based company were closed while police
searched for more explosives.
December 14, 2002, Greece:
Disgruntled Car Mechanic Attempts to Assassinate Mayor
ATH€NS: A disgruntled car mechanic shot at Athens Mayor Dora
Bakoyianni in the back seat of her cor at the foot of the Acropolis,
but the conservative politician was saved from serious injury
by an unconscious move to rummage through her handbag.
As she ducked, the single-bore shotgun bullet passed through
the neck of Bakoyianni's police driver, who was out of danger
after being treated at a hospital. Bakoyianni suffered facial
cuts from flying window shards, but was otherwise uninjured.
The attacker ran away from the scene of the attack and was
pursued by a passing policeman who arrested him with the
help of the police guard outside the Spanish €mbassy, a few
hundred meters from where the incident took place. Mayor
Dora Bakoyianni is the daughter of former conservative Prime
Minister Constantine Mitsotakis and the widow of deputy
Pavlos Bakoyiannis, who was assassinated by November 17
revolutionaries in 1989.
Communique from the
Universal Liberation Front
JFtNURRV 2003 — WARNING TO ALL CIVILIZED
HUMANS! We have had enough of your kind. Vour
vision of the future, is a continuation of your past —
one filled with destruction and conquest. We hereby
quarantine your planet so it no longer contaminates
the rest of the universe. We will no longer allow your
mission to proceed as planned. The Columbia was
our most recent effort to intervene in your attempts
to "colonize space". It was not the first, however.
Remember the Challenger ox the Rpollo? We have our
ways of stopping you. DO NOT FUCK WITH US! We
mean you no harm, just stay out of space. We are
convinced that you will not be a hindrance for much
longer, as your destruction by your own hands seems
inevitable. We do, however, feel sorrow for the other
life forms (including those of your species) which also
inhabit your globe, those which have suffered for
thousands of years at your brutal hands and machines.
We wish there was a way to help them, but we may
not interfere. It is up to you. Stop all progress and
look inward, for you have become alien to your own
life. Do not cross the atmospheric line again, or the
consequences will be most severe.
For Total Liberation Always!
December 27, 2002, Columbia: Residents Ransack Light Firm
CORDOBA: Angry residents of San Andres de Sotavento in
the northern Colombian province of Cordoba smashed up the
local offices of the electric company Clectrocosta, and caused
further damages to a payment center for the local drinking
water authority. Local residents also blocked roads with burning
tires. Police were sent in to restore order, and the subsequent
conflict left two police agents and 10 civilians hurt. The
community had been without drinking water services for a
month, and had suffered constant electricity rationing in
recent days. Clectrocosta claimed it had to ration electricity
because of technical problems and because many users had
failed to pay their bills. The company responded to the
i ncident by normalizing energy service; however, residents warned
they will renew protests if drinking water service is not restored.
January 19, 2003, California:
Class War on the Streets after the Super Bowl!
OAKLAND: After the Oakland Raiders football team lost (48-21 )
in the Super Bowl, there was widespread rioting in the streets
of Oakland. Crowds gathered on International Boulevard in
Cast Oakland, taking over intersections and blocking the
street. People danced to hip-hop
music, hopped on cars, and
waived Raiders flags. Police, who
had preemptively shut down
dozens of blocks of downtown
Oakland, were quick to respond.
Hundreds of police in riot gear
moved in, firing volleys of tear gas
and wooden bullets in an attempt
to disperse the crowds. What had
been a party turned into a pitched
battle. As one man put it, "Hey
we're all cool here. It's when the
fucking pigs come down and start
shooting at us that the shit starts."
People threw bottles and rocks at
police, frequently forcing them to
retreat. A McDonalds was trashed
and set on fire. Several cars were
tipped over and burned. A number
of police cars had their windows smashed. One police car
that attempted to drive through an intersection filled with
people was pelted with projectiles as people chanted "Fuck
the police!" The rioters came from a diverse cross-section of
Oakland's working class. Black and white, Asian and Latino,
joined together against the universally hated Oakland Police
Department. Children as young as eight could be seen hurling
rocks toward police lines. "It's like fucking Bethlehem!" said
one man. In the San Francisco Chronicle, the rioters are
referred to as "trouble-makers" that "weren't from the
neighborhood." The rioting lasted well into the night moving
from place to place in over 50 blocks of Cast Oakland. At a
late night press conference, the police announced that they
had arrested more then 25 people. But they were outnumbered
and outfought for hours.
January 29, 2003, Texas: Students Riot for Shorter Classes
A protest by about one thousand high-school students over
the length of classes turned into a riot. The students walked
out in protest in the morning. They attacked school security
guards and cops with rocks and glass bottles. The police used
tear gas against the crowd; seven pigs were treated for cuts
and bruises, evidently, the students were protesting a switch
to block scheduling, which means longer classes.
February 8, 2003, Pennsylvania:
Two Marines Charged With Plotting To Bomb Base
TUNKHANNOCK: Two U.S. Marines from Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina, are in custody after conspiring to use an explosive
device at their base. Lance Cpls. Richard Morrison, 21, and
Richard Thomas Medders, 22, were arrested along with Janna
Rebecca Lynn Smith, 27, and charged with criminal conspiracy
to cause or risk a catastrophe, and making terrorist threats
and bomb threats. According to authorities, the three down-
loaded information from the Internet on making explosive
devices and said they were going to use them at Camp Lejeune.
All three are being held in the Wyoming County Correctional
Facility. Morrison and Medders served in the 2nd Force Service
Support Group, which provides combat support. Tunkhannock is
about 25 miles northwest of Scranton in northern Pennsylvania.
February 21, 2003, Louisiana: Two Cops Killed & Five
Others Injured during Kamikaze Attack
ALCXANDRIA: Two city pigs were killed, three more were
wounded by gunfire, and several others were injured in a
three-hour shoot-out with a gunman. The gunman, wanted by
probation and parole officers, was also slain in the incident.
Police didn't give the gunman's name, but sources were told
that he was Shawn Molette, believed to be in his mid-20's.
Three Special Response Team police cops were injured by
gunfire as the gunman fired fully automatic weapons as they
tried entering the house he was in. Residents in the area took
cover as periodic bursts of gunfire rang out during the tense
situation, which began shortly after noon and ended about
3:30 pm. A large crowd gathered to watch from a distance, as
some of the crowd members yelled obscenities at the cops.
The shoot-out is believed to have been connected with a
morning shoot-out the day before, where an officer was
ambushed but suffered only minor injuries. The gunman in
both incidents is believed to be the same person, but it is
unknown what sparked the siege on the police department.
Prior to this wonderful day, the Alexandria Police Department
had lost only four officers in the "line of duty" (service to the
State) since 1 904. The Police Chief
said about 300 rounds were fired
in the first shooting exchanges
between cops and the gunman.
The incident began when cops
blocked off a street and moved into
a home to serve a search warrant.
The warrant was in connection to
a February 20 morning ambush on
the pigs. In that incident, a pig
answered a 91 1 call of a reported
robbery in an area several blocks
from the shootout site. The cop
couldn't find a victim and was pulling
out with his vehicle when a shooter
opened fire. The pig was able to
dive into the passenger side and
drive away. His patrol car was
riddled with bullets. The Chief Pig
called the attack deliberate and
deployed his SRT team to protect detectives as they gathered
evidence. In the February 21 incident, the SRT team, which
has about 20 members, entered the house of the alleged
assailant and was met by gunfire. Tear gas was deployed at
one point during the stand-off. However, the incident did not
end until the shooter was killed. At about 12:15 p.m., under
misty skies, police scrambled to try to rescue three wounded
cops from the scene while still facing the threat of the gunman.
Two armored cars moved into the area and parked at a church
near the house where the gunman was inside. Pigs near the
church parking lot also scrambled to the ground as the gunman
continued to shoot. About 2:26 p.m., police screamed that
another cop was down. In all, seven pigs were shot. The
stand-off continued for nearly another hour before the
police were sure that the gunman was down. One local
observer commented, "They should have used that guy
(the gunman) to kill Osama bin Laden." The motives of the
gunman are believed by some to be in protest of pig racism
and brutality. "There is a deep, psychological problem based
on abuse of young black males and females," a former
Alexandria City councilman told the press. 'This is a culmination
of events prior to the Gregory Hunter incident," the former
councilman said. Hunter is a black man who was beaten by
off-duty police officers in the 1999 "Lee Street incident."
February 27, 2003, New Zealand:
"September 11" Group Threatens Cyanide Attacks
WCLLINGTON: A group calling itself "September 11" sent
threats to the US, Australian, and British embassies in New
Zealand, warning that it had 55 pounds of cyanide to use
against American interests if Iraq is attacked. A squad of "anti-
terrorism" police is working to find the author of the threat
contained in four letters that mentioned the America's Cup
yacht race in Auckland. One letter contained cyanide
crystals. This action is reminiscent of another threat of
cyanide attack made last year in New Zealand, when an
unidentified person or persons threatened to attack with
cyanide the wealthy American athlete Tiger Woods, who was
sponsored by Nike to perform at a New Zealand golf
tournament. To our knowledge, nothing came of this threat.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
SLOW BITRNING FUSE
*^ TMUsaNka uprisings and revolts
"REVOLUTION IS NEVER BEGUN ANEW, ONLY CONTINUED WHERE OTHERS LEFT OFF."
-TOM MANNING. NORTH AMERICAN POLITICAL PRISONER
November 4, 2002, California: Pelican Bay
Inmates Hold Hunger Strike
CRCSCCNT CITV: A group of sixty prisoners in the
Control Unit of the Pelican Boy State Prison
began o hunger-strike protesting the prison
system's policy of classifying prisoners as gang
members based on vogue criteria and then
indefinitely segregating them. For more info
on the horrors of Pelican Bay Prison, read Derrick
Jensen's book The Culture of Make-Believe.
November 5, 2002, California: Two Pigs
Stabbed; Inmate-Guard Hostility on the Rise
LANCASTCR: Inmates at the state prison
attacked two guards - the second such incident
in the post three months. The prison guards
were attacked by two inmates early in the
day while escorting prisoners to breakfast.
December 1 6, 2002, El Salvador: Two Cops
Dead, Over 20 Injured in Salvador Prison Riot
SflN SALVADOR: Two pigs were killed
and more than 20 people injured when
hundreds of prisoners rioted during o
reorganization of €1 Salvador's main Mariona
prison in the capital. 23 people were hurt in
the riot, which broke out when 1,200 police,
soldiers and prison guards tried to move some
of the most dangerous inmates to other centers.
Police and soldiers fired tear gas and rubber
bullets at the inmates, who were armed. Most
of the injured were police and guards. By late
afternoon, the situation was calm and police
and prisoners were negotiating a solution
through the state human rights prosecutor.
December 17-18, 2002, New York:
Guards Mauled During Shakedown
Five guards at the Auburn State Prison were
attacked while searching prisoners' cells for
weapons. Two guards suffered minor hand
injuries. The prison was locked down for a
search on December 17 when a prisoner
infected with HIV bit a guard on the face.
December 23-26, 2002, Guatemala:
1 7 Dead in Prison Riot
Prisoners launched a bloody uprising on
December 23 at the Pavoncito prison in
Guatemala's Fraijanes Municipality, 30 kilo-
meters from the capital, to demand improved
food and visiting hours, an investigation of
corrupt and abusive guards, and the transfer
of gang leader Cesar Beteta Raymundo to
another facility. Beteta was said to be
widely hated by the other prisoners, many
of them also gang
members; he allegedly
controlled the jail's
"sector 5" by bribing
guards and meting
out severe punishment
to any prisoner who
defied him. Beteta
and 16 other prisoners
were killed in the
uprising, while some
30 more were injured.
Many of the bodies
were mutilated with
machetes, and some
were burned. The
allegedly decapitated Beteta and paraded
his head around the prison. When police tried
to regain control of Pavoncito, the prisoners
fought back; as of December 26, the inside of
the jail remained under the control of the
prisoners, while 200 police agents stood
guard outside to prevent escapes. Prison
authorities were forced to suspend plans to
carry out a search on December 26 for weapons
at the jail, fearing it would be a provocation
for further violence.
January 20-21, 2003, Brazil:
30 Rio Inmates Escape
RIO DC JRNCIRO: Some 30 prisoners reportedly
escaped from the Pedro Mello de Silvo
detention center in the Bangu borough of Rio
de Janeiro city early on January 20. Twelve of
the escapees had been recaptured as of
January 21. Following the breakout, the
remaining prisoners staged an uprising.
taking nine guards hostage to demand the
transfer of prisoners to other facilities, better
food, and the presence of journalists and
representatives of human rights organizations.
The prisoners released nine of the hostages
and ended their protest on January 21 after
extensive negotiations; it was unclear which,
if any, of their demands were met.
January 21, 2003, Israel: Imperialist
Repression Intensifies Following Jailbreak
RAMAUAH: Israeli security forces have been
scrambling to find two Palestinians who
escaped from the Ofer
detention camp near the
West Bank city of
Ramallah. The two are
believed to be members
of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine.
Israeli forces temporarily
imposed o curfew on
Ramallah and were
searches of the camp.
Palestinians at the Ofer
camp did some rioting in
the weeks prior to this
incident, and attempted
to tear down a fence and
escape. More than 700
Palestinians ore held at
this facility. Following the
release of some of the
detainees from this camp,
Israeli human rights
organizations began to
receive information about
the difficult conditions
there and about the
violent treatment of
Palestinian detainees on
the way to the camp and during detention.
Among other things, detainees reported over-
crowding in the tents where they were held.
They reported that they were denied food for
many hours and that some of them were forced
to sleep outdoors. On April 5, 2002, the
human rights group received information from
an Israeli source about torture during
interrogations in the camp. According to the
information, investigators broke detainees'
toes. Meanwhile, Israeli troops arrested 13
Palestinians in the West Bank. The arrests
were made in Hebron, Jericho, Noblus and the
Ramallah area. In a related development,
Israel razed 62
shops and market
stalls in a Pal-
as troops clashed
Israel said the
shops were built
Israel of waging
war on the Pales-
guarded by some
300 troops, began
shops in the village of Nazlat Issa early the
next day. By midmorning, 62 shops were
demolished. Dozens of protesters threw
stones at troops who fired tear gas and
rubber-coated steel pellets.
January 22, 2003, Canada:
Anti-Poverty Committee Rets In Solidarity
With Persecuted Immigrants
When Immigration Canada walked an Iranian
immigrant through the airport they were met
by about 30 protesters from different groups.
An unplanned scuffle ensued, and the
immigrant was pulled free from the guard who
was escorting her. Some protesters fled with
her out of the airport. During the action there
was a car accident, but all in the cor escaped
police custody. The immigrant turned herself
in later that night with the accompaniment of
two lawyers; it is still unclear as to what will
become of her case. This action bought this
woman and her son a second chance to stay
in Canada. The RCMP rounded up five people
at the airport in connection with the protest
and released two of them after an hour. Some
protesters escaped while three were kept in
jail for a night. It is not known what charges
the state will bring down on those involved.
The action wasn't planned to go down the way
it did, as nobody thought they would even
get to see the detained immigrants. When
people saw her in handcuffs, they all reacted
knowing the deportation endangers her life
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and that of her son. Immigration Canada is
threatening to deport over 2,500 British
Columbians to Iran. Often they do this
without notice, jailing people and deporting
them giving no time to pack. Iran is not a safe
country; many returning refugees are tortured
or go missing.
January 22, 2003, Canada: Riot Rocks Jail
VANCOUVCR ISLAND: A riot by about a dozen
inmates at the Vancouver Island Regional
Correctional Center caused $40,000 damage
to prison property. Three prisoners ore now
facing charges. The inmates were in a common
area when the coll came for lockdown at 10
p.m. But they refused to go back to their cells
and began trashing the place. Of the 23
prisoners in the unit, up to half were involved
i n the riot. Some of the others locked themselves
inside their cells to avoid being implicated in
the trouble. Corrections officers negotiated a
peaceful end to the incident by 1 a.m. The
corrections spokesperson said the "living unit"
pig on duty was slightly injured, but managed
to call other police for help and lock himself in
an empty cell for protection. The inmates in
the remand unit have been charged with
committing an offence, but have not yet been
tried. Although they have not been determined
guilty, they are kept in custody to ensure they
appear in court and cannot commit another
offence. All remand inmates are housed in
secure facilities that emphasize control
January 23-24, 2003, Canada:
Another Riot Breaks Out fit Detention Center
MONTRCAL: Three final prisoners were
returned to their cells on the afternoon of January
23 following a late night riot at Montreal
Detention Center. More than 100 corrections
officers and provincial police were called in
to control the situation after 131 prisoners
refused to return to their cells and lit
mattresses on fire. The trouble began after a
few prisoners started a fight. After this incident
some prisoners began throwing things, such
as billiard balls and other solid objects. The
prisoners then refused to enter their cells at
their normal time of 1 0:30 p.m., and went on
to light fires. Prisoners blocked access to the
wing with various materials. It took a long time
to control the fires because the prisoners had
to be detained before the firefighters could
go inside. One prison guard hod a minor
injury to his hand. The riot caused tens of
thousands of dollars worth of damage in the
wing. The exact cause of the riot is still
unknown. The prisoners held in the A-wing
where the riot occurred are in custody awaiting
sentencing. They were to be transferred from
the damaged facility the next day to two prisons
in Montreal and another in Hull, Ouebec.
January 25, 2003, Georgia:
Prisoners Riot at Jail
TBILISI: Prisoners rioted in a jail in the notion
of Georgia during a cell check for weapons,
injuring 10 police and guards. At least 21
inmates were injured during the uprising. The
clashes erupted when prisoners resisted the
search at the Tbilisi detention center, during
which police confiscated two submachine
guns, three grenades, knives, drugs and other
banned items. One riot policeman was in
serious condition. Video footage that was
token by the Justice Ministry and aired on
Georgian television, showed inmates banging
the bars of their cells and flames shooting out
a prison window. Riot police cordoned off the
building where the battle took place, and Interior
Ministry troops were deployed outside the center.
January 11-31, 2003, Chile: Political
Prisoners on Hunger Strike
SANTIAGO: As of January 31 , Chilean political
prisoners Jorge Cspinola Robles and Marcelo
Gaete Mancilla were in the 21st day of a
liquid-only hunger strike in isolation cells at
the Colina II prison. They began the fast on
January 1 1 after prison guards and police
agents from the "Special Anti-Riot Group" beat
them, sprayed them with cold water and
moved them into the isolation cells in retaliation
for alleged involvement in a riot earlier that
day in Colina II. Cight social prisoners also
accused of involvement in the riot were
temporarily put in the same cell with Cspinola
and Gaete and were beaten by police and
guards. Social prisoners were said to have
plotted the January 1 1 riot to distract guards
during on escape attempt. No one successfully
escaped, but one guard and four prisoners
were wounded, one of them critically.
February 18, 2003, France:
Prisoners Riot, Smash Equipment
Rioting prisoners took control of part of a jail
in eastern France during the evening, smashing
equipment and prompting police to seal off
the prison, the Justice Ministry said. The
Ministry gave no information about any
injuries in the riot involving about 50 prisoners
at the Clairvauxjail in the Aube region. None
of the prison's 1 56 inmates, all of whom are
serving lengthy sentences, escaped, the
Ministry said. It said the riot erupted when
prisoners, apparently protesting disciplinary
measures imposed on a detainee, refused
to enter their cells. The rioters "smashed
everything up," including security doors,
surveillance cameras, electrical equipment
and locks on cell-doors, said a guard and
union representative at the prison.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
State Repression & Political Prisoner News
December, 2002, Italy: Persecution Of Anarchists Intensifies
On December 1 2, an incendiary letter arrived at the office of the Spanish newspaper
€1 Pais. Police defused it. fl statement from a group calling itself Cells Against Capital,
Prison, the Jailers and their Cells claimed that the action uuasdone in solidarity with
the struggles of Spanish prisoners against repressive prison policy.
- On December 1 3, an incendiary letter is sent to an office of the Spanish airline
Iberia in Rome. It was defused.
- On December 14, another incendiary letter at the Iberia airlines in Milan's
airport is defused. On December 16, two incendiary letters, one to Iberia
airlines in Rome, and one to a national television station in Rome, are defused.
The police are saying that these incendiary letters were the work of insurrectionary
anarchists who the cops call "terrorists". So more repression against the Italian
anarchist movement is likely to take place. Therefore, we need to avoid speculations
of any sort about "who was really behind these actions", since this could be used
by Italian authorities against the anarchists they are persecuting.
- On December 18, after releasing most of those arrested in early December in
relation to the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, the court refused to release two
anarchists being held. The reasons for their continued detention included
participation in marches in support of prisoners such as Marco Camenisch,
association with "insurrectionary anarchists" and the like. But probably the most
absurd of the reasons - the one given as the primary reason for not releasing
Marina Cugnaschi -- was that she exercised her legal rights not to talk with inter-
rogators and not to appear at her court hearing. According to the court this proved
that "she wants to stay in prison in order to become a heroine for her comrades"
- this in spite of the fact that she had her lawyer request release.
Many of those arrested at Genoa in 2001 are being charged by the Italian
State with a new crime called "psychic sharing". In accordance with this charge,
it is not necessary to show that a certain individual carried out a specific act of
destruction during a demonstration. It is only necessary to show that they were
there at the time the event occured, because clearly their mere presence helped
and supported the masked people who destroyed things. Currently, the court in
Genoa is issueing hundreds of warrants on this basis.
Again we want to point out the importance not to publicly speculate in any
direction about who may have been behind the attacks mentioned above. There
are currently anarchist comrades -- including the two above and over forty
comrades charged in the Marini trial - facing serious charges who could be
affected by such speculation, so this is not a matter for idle chatter.
January, 2003, Texas: Chicano Political Prisoner Buried Alive In Solitary
GATGSVILLC: Chicano political prisoner Alvaro Luna Hernandez has been transferred
to "administrative segregation" as an alleged member of a "security threat group"
(prison gang). Hernandez points to a prison official conspiracy to remove him from
the general prison population in order to isolate him from the other prisoners, to
discredit him in the eyes of the community supporters who have rallied in his
defense in support of his release from prison on the police frame-up conviction
and sentence of 50 years imprisonment for defending himself against an armed
attack on his life by a racist sheriff. Hernandez is a known jailhouse lawyer who
helps other prisoners with filings against the prison, and has been very vocal in
exposing racist injustices and brutality against prisoners at the prison unit; he was
also in the process of uncovering mass guard theft and corruption in the prison's
operation of the craft shop. A petition seeking a new trial in his case is currently
pending review in the federal court. For more information about the case log on to
http://uiujuj.freealvaro.org or write directly to this freedom fighter: Alvaro Luna
Hernandez #255735, RT. 2, Box 4400, Gatesville, Texas 76587.
On January 9, 2003: Aob Thaxton and Brian McCarvill in "the Hole"
SfllCM: Anarchists Rob Thaxton and Brian McCarvill were sanctioned with 120
days in the Disciplinary Segregation Unit at Oregon State Penitentiary. The
offence listed on their Misconduct Reports is "Unauthorized Organization I," but
the hearings officer told Rob that she had found him "guilty of continuing to be
involved with the anarchist movement." The Oregon Department of Corrections,
and Oregon State Prison in particular, have taken it upon themselves to act as
thought police and punish people for their political views. The act which inspired
this punishment is so petty as to be laughable: Rob and Brian had asked people
to send them mail. UJhen people responded by the dozens, the prisoncrats took
offense and sent them to the hole.
January 15, Brazil: Indigenous Land Bights Activist ArturderedX
According to Survival International, Marcos Veron, 70, an important leader of the
Guarani-Kaiowa tribe, was fatally shot by gunmen. He was the head of an indigenous
community that has been trying for the last 50 years to reclaim their land from cattle
ranchers. In 2002, Veron toured Curope to publicize the plight of the indigenous peoples
of Brazil. Most recently, Veron and the Guarani-Kaiowa have been living on the side of
a highway, after attempts to reoccupy parts of their land have been thwarted by
armed pigs and soldiers. Veron is the third Brazilian Indian to be murdered since the
start of the New Year. For more info: uiuiuj.survival-international.org
January 25, Greece: Anarchist Sentenced For Sheltering Fugitive
ATHCNS: An anarchist who in the summer of 2001 provided refuge for Greece's
most wanted man was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for
sheltering a criminal on the run. Dimitris Polydoropoulos said he hid Costas
Passaris in his flat after a mutual acquaintance asked for his help. "I agreed, as
it was in accordance with my ideology to provide a roof to someone hunted by
the authorities," he told the Athens court. "I had little to do with him, and knew
neither about the guns nor the drugs he had in the flat." Police, who were seeking
Passaris for the fatal shooting of two pigs during a dramatic escape from an
Athens hospital, where he had been taken from prison for medical examinations,
eventually found out about the hideout and set a trap for Passaris. But seven
special squad officers positioned in the flat failed to catch him as he entered the
darkened apartment, and Passaris eventually fled to Romania where he is now
being tried for murder and armed robbery.
February 6, Greece: Two Suspected €LA Combatants Arrested
ATHCNS: The suspected leader of a far-left guerrilla group blamed for more than 100
bombings was jailed on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. ChristosTsigaridas,
64, who has admitted he was a member of the Revolutionary Popular Struggle, or CIA,
was locked up in maximum security prison in Athens pending trial. The group is believed
to have worked with lllich Ramirez Sanchez, the Venezuelan-born terrorist also known as
Carlos the Jackal. Another suspect - the mayor of the tiny Greek holiday island of Kimolos,
Angeletos Hanas - was also jailed on the same day for the same charges.
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
Frank J. Atwood #62887, Arizona State
Prison - Eyman, Box 3400 - SMU 2,
Florence, AZ 85232. Radical involved in
anti-establishment activities since the
'60's. He was framed for murder in '84
and sent to Death Row.
Jerome White-Bey #37479, Jefferson
City Correctional Center, PO Box 900
(5C-146), Jefferson City, MO 65102.
Social prisoner turned dedicated
anarchist activist. Founder of "Missouri
Prison Labor Union."
James Johnson #8952263, SRCI, 777
Stanton Blvd., Ontario, OR 97914.
Anarchist social prisoner active in
resistance to the repressive policies of
the prison administration.
Matthew Lamont #2057039, 550 N.
Flower St., Santa Ana, CA 92703.
Presently awaiting trial for allegedly
planning to make a violent attack on a
white supremacist gathering.
Ojure N. Lutalo #59860, POB 861,
Trenton, NJ 08625. Black liberation
anarchist. He's serving a lengthy sentence
for various clandestine actions.
Robert Middaugh T41137 Bldg 410
23up, PO Box 8, Avenal, CA 93204. He's
serving three years for an assault on a
pig during the 2001 Long Beach May
Mike Rusniak DOC K88887, Dixon CC,
2600 Brinton, P0 Box 1200, Dixon, IL
61021. Serving time for stealing a police
car, and other acts of anti-government
Robert Thaxton #1 21 1 271 6, 0SP, 2605
State Street, Salem, OR 97310. Long-time
anarchist activist sentenced to seven
years in prison for throwing a rock at a
cop at a June 18, 1999 Reclaim the
Streets protest in Eugene.
Harold Thompson #93992, Northwest
Correctional Complex, Route 1 , Box 660,
TiptonvilleJN 38079. Serving multiple life
sentences for clandestine resistance.
Thomas Tripp #1 2032560, TRCI, 8291 1
Beach Access Rd., Umatilla, OR 97882.
Social prisoner turned dedicated
anarchist. His sentence was lengthened
because of his participation in a jailhouse
riot aimed at winning concessions from
the authorities, such as religious rights
for Native Americans, and better
Eco-Oefense & Animal
Nathan Brasfield #202044100, King
County Justice Center Detention Facility,
620 West James St., Kent, WA 98032.
Arrested for felony theft of telecom-
munications in relation to the anti-
Joshua Shwartz #3100201611, NY
State ID #1900738L, EMTC, 1010 Hazen
St., EastElmhurst, NY 10013. Sentenced
to one year for his part in property
destruction at an an ti-HLS demonstration.
Fran Thompson #93341 , 1 1 07 Recharge
Rd., York, NE 68467. Eco-activist serving
a Life sentence for shooting dead, in self-
defense, a stalker who had broken into
Helen Woodson #03231-045 FMC
Carswell, POB 27137, Admin Max Unit,
Fort Worth, TX 761 27. Serving 27 years
for robbing a bank and then setting the
money on fire while reading out a statement
denouncing greed, capitalism and the
destruction of the environment.
William Burchett (Fire Walker)
#03655032, West 5852, Federal Prison,
P0 Box 7000, Fort Dix, NJ 08640. Native
American activist held under questionable
Byron Shane Chubbuck #07909051 , US
Penitentiary, P0 Box 1000, Leavenworth,
KS 66048. Indigenous rights activist serving
time for robbing banks in order to acquire
funds to support the Zapatista rebellion
in Chiapas, Mexico.
Eric Hall (Wildcat) BL-5355, Unit l/A
1 0745, Route 1 8, Albion, PA 1 6475-0002.
Serving 35-75 years for helping ship arms
to Central American resisters.
Eddie Hatcher #0173499, Unit #2,
anti-HLS p aS quotank Correctional Institute, 527
Jennifer Greenberg #31 00201 61 0, Rose
M. Singer Center, 1919 Hazen St., East
Elmhurst, NY 11370. Sentenced to one
year for his part in property destruction
at an anti-HLS demonstration.
Charles Hoke #861206, ACH, Indiana
Department of Correction, Indiana State
Prison, P0 Box 41, Michigan City, Indiana
46361 -0041 . Radical farmer serving time
for robbing banks in order to support him-
self, and other farmers, who were being
forced from their homes by developers.
Ted Kaczynski #04475-046, US
Pen-Admin Max Facility, P0 Box 8500,
Florence Colorado 81226. Sentenced to
multiple lifetimes in prison for the
"Unabomber" bombing attacks against
Jeffrey Luers (Free) #13797671, 0SP,
2605 State Street, Salem, OR 97310.
Serving 22 years for politically motivated
arsons on SUVs at Romania Chevrolet and
an alleged attempted arson at Tyree Oil in
Eugene, Oregon. Free is a long-time envi-
ronmental activist who needs your support. «j mav T ,
Commerce Drive, Elizabeth City, NC
27906. Native American activist being
framed for crimes he did not commit.
Eddie is an incredible individual, and we
urge you to check out his website at:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132, P0 Box
1000, Leavenworth, KS 66048. American
Indian Movement (AIM) activist, serving
two Life sentences, having been framed
for the murder of two FBI agents.
Andy J. Riendeau (John Two Names)
Native activist being framed for setting
schools on fire. Right now he's in transition.
Email us for his new address.
Tewahnee Sahme #11186353, TRCI,
82911 Beach Access Rd., Umatilla, OR
97882. Dedicated Native rights advocate
serving time for a prison insurgency.
David Scalera (Looks Away)
#13405480, TRCI, 82911 Beach Access
Rd., Umatilla, OR 97882. Dedicated
Native rights advocate serving time for a
Craig Marshall (Critter) #13797662,
SRCI, 777 Stanton Blvd, Ontario, OR
97914. Serving a five-year sentence for
a politically motivated arson attack
against a Romania Chevrolet car dealer-
ship in Eugene^k
Benjamin Persky #141 021 2600, George
Vierno Center, 0909 Hazen St., East
Elmhurst, NY 11370. Sentenced to 2-6
years for his part in property destruction
at multiple anti-HLS demonstrations.
Peter Schnell #99476-1 1 1 , FCI Otisville,
P0 Box 1 000, Otisville, NY 1 0963. Animal
liberation activist serving two years for
being in possession of incendiary devices.
un, but a]
Anti Imperialist &
Kathy Boudin #894171, P0 Box 1000,
Bedford Hills, NY10507. Former Weather
Underground activist serving time for being
a passenger in a get-away van during the
1981 Brinks expropriation attempt in
New York. Despite her work with
incarcerated mothers and AIDS victims,
she is still being denied early release by
Marilyn Buck #00482-285, UnitB, 5701
8th Street, Camp Parks, Dublin, CA 94568.
Serving 50 years to life for actions taken
after she escaped prison herself including
an armed robbery of a Brink's armored
truck and the liberation of AssataShakur
Judy Clark #83-G-313, P0 Box 1000,
Bedford Hills, NY 10507. Former Weather
Bill Dunne #1 091 6-086, P0 Box 33, Terra
Haute, IN 47808. Anti-authoritarian activist
sentenced to 90 years for the attempted
liberation of a prisoner in 1979.
Larry Giddings #10917-086, P0 Box
1000, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Anti-
authoritarian prisoner serving 75+ years
for revolutionary action.
David Gilbert#83A61 58, Attica Correctional
Facility, P0 Box 149, Attica, NY 14011.
Serving time for clandestine actions
against imperialism and capitalism.
William Gilday P.O. Box 1218, MCI
Shirley, Shirley, MA 01464-1218. Jailed
for the shooting of a cop during a 1970
bank expropriation intended to fund the
movement against the Vietnam War.
Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735,
Hughes Unit, Rt. 2, Box 4400, Gatesville,
TX 76597. Chicano-Mexican freedom-
fighter serving time for aframe-up to stop
his effective organizing in the Barrios.
Yu Kikumura #090008-050, P0 Box
8500 ADX, Florence, CO 81226. Alleged
member of the Japanese Red Army.
Sara Olson W94197, 506-27-1 Low,
CCWF, P0 Box 1508, Chowchilla, CA
93610-1508. Serving 20+ years for
clandestine actions related to the (now
long defunct) Symbionese Liberation Army
(SLA). Her & other former SLA associates
were recently captured by authorities and
are being persecuted for crimes they
supposedly committed decades ago.
Juan Segarra Palmer #15357-077, P0
Box 819, FCI-Med. A-3/4, Coleman, FL.
Puerto Rican activst arrested in 1985 and
accused of seditious conspiracy and
conspiracy to rob the Wells Fargo Company.
He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Oscar Lopez Rivera #87651-025, Box
33, Terre Haute, IN 47808. Puerto Rican
activist arrested in 1981 and sentenced
to 55 years for seditious conspiracy. In
1 988 he was given an additional 1 5 years
for conspiracy to escape.
but all the
I am, Til be
looking for a stick! A
It's never occurred to me
to lie down and be
kicked! Its silly! When
I do that I'm depending on the kicker to grow
tired. The better tactic is to twist his leg a
little or pull it off if you can. An intellectual
argument to an attacker against the logic of his
violence - or to myself concerning the wisdom of a
natural counterviolence - borders on, no, it over-
leaps the absurd!" . Geor ge Jackson, July 28, 1970
United Freedom Front
The following three individuals are serving
huge sentences for their role in actions
carried out by the (UFF) in the 1 980's. The
UFF carried out solidarity bombings
against the US government on a variety
of issues. All of these individuals are
excellent people to write to and will
Jaan Karl Laaman W41514, Box 100,
South Walpole, MA 0207.
Ray Luc Levasseur #10376-016, Box
PMB, Atlanta, GA 30315.
Thomas Manning #10372-016, Box
4000, Springfield, MO 65801.
Richard Williams #10377-016, 3901
Klein Blvd., Lompoc, CA 93436.
Black Liberation Prisoners:
Most of the following prisoners are serving
time for "crimes" in the name of black
liberation. Many of them are former
members of either the Black Liberation
Army (BLA), or the Black Panther Party
(BPP), or both. They are either in prison
for their clandestine actions against the
state and the racist pigs, or because they
have been framed by the authorities.
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #EF492521,
Georgia State Prison, 100 Georgia Hwy
1 47 - Reidsville, GA 30499-9701 . Former
Black Panther and community activist
being framed for the murder of a cop,
Jamil is formerly known as H. Rap Brown.
Sundiata Acoli #39794-066, PO Box
3000, USP Allenwood, White Deer, PA
17887, USP Allenwood. He's a BLA POW.
Zolo Azania #4969, Indiana State Prison,
PO Box 41 , Michigan City, IN 46361 -0041 .
Community activist being framed for
murdering a pig.
Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)
#295933, Wallens Ridge State Prison, PO
Box 759, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.
Imprisoned foractions carried out against
US colonialism in the Virgin Islands.
Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald B-27527,
Salinas VSP-B21 31 , PO Box 1 040, Soledad,
CA 93960-1040. Former BPP member
serving time for the death of a cop.
Bashir Hameed (J. York) #82A631 3, Box
149, Attica, NY.14011-0149. BPP & BLA
POW who has been incarcerated since
1981 for killing of a cop.
Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280, Clinton
Correctional Facility, PO Box 2000,
Dannemora, NY 12929. Captured and
convicted in 1973 under a host of charges,
attributed to membership in the BLA.
Mumia Abu-Jamal AM8335, SCI Greene,
1040 East R. Furm an Highway, Waynesburg,
PA 15370-8090. Framed for the murder of
a pig. He was recently taken off death
row and is waiting for re-sentencing.
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Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom)
#77A4283, Box 338, Napanoch, NY,
12458. Former Black-Panther who is
accused of participating in illegal under-
ground activities. He has been in jail for
22 years, which makes him one of the
oldest political prisoners in the U.S.
Joseph Bowen AM-4272, 1 Kelley Drive,
Coal Township, PA 17866-1021. Former
Marshall Edward Conway #116469,
Box 534, Jessup, MD 20794. Maintains
his innocence of a police murder in 1 970.
He asserts that he is one of many politi-
cal prisoners in the USA as a result of
F.B.I.'s war against the BPP.
Mondo We Langa (David Rice) #27768,
Box 2500, Lincoln, NE, 68542-2500.
Former BPP member falsely accused of
killing a pig.
Abdul Majid (Anthony Laborde) #83-A-
0483, Upstate Correctional Facility, Box
2001 Malone, NY 12953. Former BPP
member serving time for a crime he did
not commit. Another victim of the
COINTELPRO wars against the BPP.
Ruchell Cinque McGee A-92051 , PO Box
7500, SHU-2-C-233, Crescent City, CA
95531. Serving time for a courthouse
action to free incarcerated black
Sekou Odinga #05228-054, 3901 Klien
Blvd., Lompoc, CA 93436. Former BLA sen-
tenced to 25-to-Life for shooting a cop in
self-defense, and also an additional 20 years
forthe liberation of comrade AssataShakur
and the expropriation of an armored truck.
Ed Poindexter #110403, 7525 4th Ave,
Lino Lake, MN 55014-1099, Minnesota.
Correctional Facility. Former BPP member
falsely accused of killing a pig.
Mutulu Shakur #83205-01 2, Box PMB,
Atlanta, GA 3031 5. Sentenced to 60 years
imprisonment for an alleged conspiracy
by the BLA & the New Afrikan Freedom
Fighters against the U.S. government.
Russel Maroon Shoats #AF-3855, SCI
Green, 1040 E. Roy Furman Highway
Waynesburg, PA 15370-8090. BLA POW.
Keith Thomas CDC-Number T-67081,
FDAS D-6 Cell-246U, PO Box 7700,
Wasco, CA 93280. Former gang member
serving time for threatening to kill
Herman Wallace #76759, CCR Upper C
Cell 1, Louisiana State Penitentiary,
Angola, LA 70712. Former BPP member
and one of the infamous "Angola Three".
Gary Watson #098990, Unit SHU17,
Delaware Correctional Center, 1 1 81 Paddock
Rd., Smyrna, DE 19977. Social prisoner
turned black liberationist. One of the
infamous "Smyrna Five" (S-5), a group
of radical Blacks that retaliated against
authorities for the death of George Jackson.
Albert Woodfox #72148, CCR Upper B
Cell 13, Louisiana State Penitentiary,
Angola, LA 70712. Former BPP member
and one of the infamous "Angola Three".
MOVE is a radical, ecological movement
that has been attacked by the Philadelphia
Police since its inception. Nine members
were convicted and sent to prison for life
following a 1978 siege at their house in
which one cop was killed by another cop.
One of those nine, Merle Africa, died in prison
after not being treated for a health issue.
Debbie Simms Africa #006307, Janet
Holloway Africa #006308, Janine
Philips Africa #006309, SCI Cambridge
Springs, 451 Fullerton Ave, Cambridge
Springs, PA 16403-1238.
Michael Davis Africa AM4973, Charles
Simms Africa AM4975 SCI Grateford, PO
Box 244, Grateford, PA 19426-0244.
Edward Goodman Africa AM4974, SCI
Camp Hill, PA 17011-0200.
William Philips Africa AM4984, Delbert
Orr Africa AM4985, SCI Dallas Drawer
K.Dallas, PA 18612.
THH GREY RULES OF HISTORY
EXIST ONLY TO BE BROKEN
Some Prisoner Support Groups:
Anarchist BlackCross Federation/LA Chapter PO Box 3671 ,
Anaheim, CA 92803-3671 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Branch of the larger political prisoner support federation ABCF.
Anarchist Black Cross Network/Austin Chapter PO Box
1 9733, Austin , TX 78760, Excellent branch of the larger ABCN
prisoner-support network. Write to them or visit their
web-site to find out more: www.anarchistblackcross.org
Anarchists Prisoner Legal Aid Network (APLAN) 818 SW 3rd
Avenue, Portland, OR 97204. Email: email@example.com
Very important anarchist &anti-capitalist prisoner support group.
Break The Chains Prisoner Support Group PO Box 1 1 331 ,
Eugene, OR 97401. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the web-site at: www.breakthechains.net Organizing
to support political prisoners in general, West Coast political
prisoners in particular.
Chicago Anarchist Black Cross PO Box 721 , Homewood, IL
60430. A very solid prisoner-support group.
Free's Defense Network: PO Box 50263, Eugene, OR 97405.
This is the newly formed support group for Oregon political
prisoner Jeffrey "Free" Luers. Be sure to check out their
Friends of MOVE PO Box 9709, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
Friends & supporters of the MOVE organization and their
Out Of Control Lesbian Committee 3543-1 8 th St., Box 30,
San Francisco, CA 94110. Dykes supporting women
prisoners and political prisoners of all stripes. They publish
the Out Of Time newsletter, amongst other things.
Prison Activist Resource Center PO Box 339, Berkeley, CA
94701 . Web-page: www.prisonactivist.org Excellent resource
for info about anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist prisoners.
Rob Los Ricos Enterprises PO Box 50634, Eugene, OR 97405,
Support group for anarchist prisoner Rob Thaxton,
AKA Rob Los Ricos.
Your assignment is to divide and
State Repression & Political Prisoner News
- Continued -
February 7, California: Radical Queers Bashed By Cops
SAN FRANCISCO: Police bashed gay activists protesting Gavin Newsom at the
San Francisco Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Transgender-Queer Center in the Castro. Police
attacked 40 members of the radical anti-capitalist queer group Gay Shame
that gathered to protest the policies of Supervisor Gavin Neuusom. Tujo
lesbians uuere visibly bleeding from the mouth after being beaten by the San
Francisco Police Department. Gavin Neuusome uuas ushered in the doors of the
center by Police escort. People then tried to enter their own center to voice
their opposition to Gavin's policies. The police began beating back and blocking
the door to the activists. Police pushed the activists into the oncoming traffic
on Market Street and began aggressively hitting the queer activists. More
police arrived and continued striking at queer activists in the street until
eventually the situation calmed douun and the activists continued to protest
the policies of Gavin Newsom, who has ushered in an era in San Francisco
which has declared open warfare on the homeless, and has now manifested
itself in hate crimes conducted under the cover of the badge.
March 2, Italy: Woman Held After Train Shoot-out
ROM€: A woman arrested after a cop was shot dead on a train is believed to
be a member of the revived far-left Red Brigades group. The woman's companion
opened fire as police carried out routine checks on the train, going from Rome
to Florence. He was injured by the police and later died at the hospital.
The pair are suspected of having links to two recent political killings.
March 3, Greece: Trial Begins For November 17 Revolutionary Group
ATHENS: Nineteen alleged members of the November 17 Revolutionary Group
have gone to trial for assassinations and bombings dating back 30 years. The
19 are on trial before a special tribunal at a high-security prison, accused of
killings and bomb and rocket attacks which
have killed 23 people. The group's alleged
leader Alexandras Giotopoulos denies
about 1,000 charges. UJealthy capitalists,
powerful politicians, and military
personnel have been attacked by the
anti-imperialist group. (SeeGFI# Wanclffll)
Oregon: Jacob Sherman Buckles Under
Pressure; Tre Arrow Is Still On The Run
PORTLAND: As has been reported in
recent issues of GR, during the late
summer of 2002 the authorities alleged
that four people, Jacob Sherman, Jeremy
Rosenbloom, Angela Marie Cesario and
Tre Arrow had been involved with an
arson attack against logging trucks in
Cagle Creek in 2001 . No group has ever
claimed responsibility for this arson. Be-
cause of these allegations Jacob, Jeremy
and Angela were all arrested and charged before being released on bail.
However, the police failed to locate Tre Arrow who is "on the run". After the
initial arrests the authorities brought further subsequent charges against Jacob
Sherman and Tre Arrow, who they blame for another arson in 2001 , this time
against Ross Island Sand & Gravel trucks in Portland. This arson was claimed
by the Carth Liberation Front. As a result of these raids/arrests, one of the
accused, Jacob Sherman, on the 4th of December 2002, pleaded guilty to his
involvement in the arsons. Jacob was sentenced on February 20, 2003, to 40
months imprisonment. Jacob Sherman has entered into a "cooperation
agreement" with the authorities, and unfortunately it appears that he is
selling out the movement to save his own cowardly ass.
Support Byron Shane Chubbuck!
Byron Shane Chubbuck, AKA Oso Blanco, is currently serving 80 years for
aggravated assault on Federal Agents, escape and bank robbery. Chubbuck,
also known as "Robin the Hood" by authorities, was robbing banks to funnel
money to the Zapatista National Liberation Army in Chiapas, Mexico, between
1988 and 1999. After being caught in late 1999 (after robbing 14 banks),
Chubbuck escaped from a prison van in New Mexico (his home state) and
almost immediately began knocking off banks again. Chubbuck, who was well
known as a polite and courteous robber and never carried a gun, was
recaptured in 2001 during a shoot out with police. The police, apparently, had
discovered his whereabouts after Chubbuck attempted to contact a radio show
host to speak out about indigenous rights and the treatment of prisoners. In an
newspaper interview, Chubbuck claimed "I am still able to hold my head up and
feel the gratification for my work in a world where money, power and destructive
industry are regarded far above humanity, indigenous and impoverished peoples
and cultures. I cannot help that I got into my work." For more info, write directly to:
Byron Shane Chubbuck #07909051 , USP, PO Box 1 000, Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Eddie Hatcher's Statement Of Solidarity With Native Prisoners In Oregon
" Last year eight Native American prisoners took over and destroyed a housing
unit at Oregon's newest "super prison" -- Two Rivers Correctional Institution.
The desperate rebellion was the direct result of oppressive actions and
conditions by the prison against the Native prisoners. The prison refused to
allow Native prisoners to peacefully and respectfully practice their religion.
They were prohibited from possessing and using their religious items. The prison
staff constantly showed blatant disrespect to the Native American prisoners,
their religion, their religious practices and their religious items. You would think
this type of oppressive, genocidal tyrannical conduct would not be taking place
anywhere in America but especially not in a state that projects itself as so
progressive. I am calling on everyone to please contact the Oregon Department
of Corrections and demand that the abusive and unjust treatment of David
Scalera, Arapaho Nation; Tewahnee Sahme, UJarm Springs Nation and all Native
American Prisoners in the state of Oregon immediately stop. Please let
Oregon officials know that we are watching." Contact: Oregon Department of
Correction Central Administration Office, 2575 Center Street N€ Salem, OR
97301 -4667. Tel: 503-945-9090. Fax: 503-373-1 1 73. email: DOC.email@example.com
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GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
Pull the Plug!
At the moment i happen to be out
here with y'all — just another
prisoner of the BIG CAGE! i'm broke
right this minute cause i was just
released from one of the little
cages, all because i had a little
green (10 kilos = 3 years) —
i love what you're doing — send
me a copy of your rag . I want to
be a part of G.A. I detest the
Machine - PULL THE PLUG!
- Green Willow
An Open letter
To All Post-Modern Cynics
It's kind of scary that your publication is one of the few who
actually address the problems with modern reality. I find it hard
to get my friends to flip through it, I don't think they're used
to reading vitally important material in a newspaper. I think you
should have a section devoted to the deaths of cynical pricks
because they are constantly laughing away the most important
conversations we could be having. Maybe when their fragmented
selves begin to feel like shards of glass in their sides, perhaps
then they'll embrace fundamental change. _ .
Q9CL0 OQjO OOOOO
Thanks for the feedback.
' Try to keep them under 500 words
Sorry, we can not print all you
letters. . .
Militant Resistance and Anarchy?
In this letter I will explain the bare basics of militant anarchist
organization and critique current delusions so-called militants have
today. First dump your preconceived notion of what society will look
like "after the revolution." Admit you have no idea and let's move
on. This needs to be very clear. It is necessary for anarchists to
collaborate with people and organizations outside of their box, that
may have either never heard of anarchism or have serious reservations
about it. There is a common misconception that if you are not an
anarchist (or worse, you aren't a part of a sect of
anarchism! ) , you have this insidious plan to seize
power from people and execute all dissidents.
Understand that anarchism came from European thinking
and, up until recently, it has only been discussed
among white people. Many people of color are
communist or simply anti-imperialist. Many of their
groups aren't opposed to anarchism as much as they
are trusting white people who have been betraying
people of color long before Nestor Makno was betrayed by the Bolshevik
Party and long after. I needn't list these atrocities, but you can
believe me when I say they are more numerous than communist against
anarchist. In the last issue of GA John Zerzan commented on
Subcommandante Marcos' Maoism and
N17's unclear politics. Both
organizations have never espoused
dogmatic or sectarian ideals —
which are the foundations of
authoritarianism — but rather they
have set themselves short-term goals .
The above organization's actions and
intentions have clearly been for the
benefit and liberation of the people,
and I have yet to see otherwise.
They are urban and rural guerillas,
not politicians. Zerzan doesn't have
hands-on experience in these
activities, nor with the people of
those regions (Greece and Chiapas) .
If you can do better go for it. In
other words, don't be a hater, be a
player. Moving on, we have questions
that deal with the present situation
that do need answers . In an article
in the last issue I heard someone
attack organization. I believe we
must be organized militarily to
defeat a well organized enemy. The
questions however are valid. "What
are we organizing, whom are we
organizing, and why are we organizing?"
I will put it more simply: What are
we opposing? What we are opposing
actually complements whom we are
organizing. We are opposing
imperialism in all forms. From the
colonialism in Palestine to the
neo-colonialism in Chiapas . The British soldiers in Ireland and the
S.W.A.T. units in Los Angeles, the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Pine
Ridge and the correctional officer in the state pen. These are the
muscles the imperialists use to keep the people down. Their occupations
in our communities, in full force and armed to the teeth, creates an
illusion of invulnerability around the oppressor. Who are we organizing?
The oppressed youth in the community. Understand by community, I
mean communities that are facing imperialism and mass scale oppression.
Not middle-class suburban areas and student towns, though youth
activists from these areas, who have yet to ascend privilege of
middle-class life, can most definitely be recruited and organizational
skills are needed. What are our goals? Since it's a question of what
do we as a military organization have to offer the community rather
than what we want to impose on them, it is the first task of the
revolutionary to understand who and what is the people's enemy.
Usually this will mean military goals based on the alleviation/
elimination of occupying forces, who the people (especially youth)
in the area of operation consider oppressive enemies . Alleviating
poverty, through expropriation of funds from banks and other wealthy
institutions, help free people's time usually spent laboring for
small wages (especially single mothers). Thereby creating room for
active engagement or support in the community by blatantly exposing
the oppressor's vulnerability, and discouraging enemy operation in
the community through retaliation by the people. It is the author's
opinion that it is impossible for a revolutionary community to exist
GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING '03
But if anarchists refuse to
work with the authoritarian s>
who else is there?
- Barricada #21, pg 12
unless it is impossible for the enemy to resume offensive operations
in the community without disruption. It is historically proven that
the enemy will use violent methods against revolutionary communities,
and for those who only use defense or no defensive rules, this leads
to eventual elimination. The best defense is a good offense. The
current culture of militancy in the anarchist movement is a failure.
This is due to a lack of training, experience, purpose, recruits,
popular support, direction, equipment, strategy and an inclusive
organizational structure. This author is extremely critical of
decentralized cell structures for use in liberation armies. This
structure is only useful for
small-scale sabotage, because
potential for training, and
acquiring equipment is extremely
remote due to the cells '
inability to share resources,
and also because of a lack of
outside of sabotage would be
a danger to the community. Offensive operations against forces of
occupation by anarchists have mostly been in the form of black bloc,
whose activities are merely vandalism, random hooligan actions, and
extremely primitive assaults. The tactics they use against the
well-armed and prepared police/military forces lack any
surprise, and the weaponry used is outdated over a millennia.
Clearly all of this must change. In countries where funds
and equipment are not only abundant, but ridiculously
underguarded, it is strange indeed to see self -proclaimed
militants armed with only sticks, while in countries like
Nepal, at least the Maoist guerrillas have armed themselves
with muskets. As humorous as it sounds, it has not stopped
the enemy from taking advantage of the situation — there
have been three cases of extremely strict punishments for
crimes most of society would consider petty: Jeffrey Luers '
2 3 year sentence for burning three SUVs, his co-defendant
Craig Marshall's six year sentence, and Robert Thaxton's
seven years for throwing a rock at a pig. Clearly the
state saw these individuals as people willing to take the
situation into their own hands and the magnitude was
irrelevant. I will not get into favorable guerrilla
organizational structures, and tactics because that would
require too much space, especially since it would have to
cover two different types of terrain (i.e. urban and
rural) which requires entirely different tactics. This
letter is purely meant to push people towards that study.
Many POWs have knowledge and skill in these areas of
study. I would be a fool if I didn't say these people
needed support in the forms of money, literature and/or
being liberated. At the very least they must be heard.
Lack of prisoner support is not only disturbing, but also
a waste of valuable skills . If you want to learn about
illegal skills look to Ojure Lutalo, not Noam Chomsky. So
I hope you have helped in the right direction .
—Anonymous Political Prisoner
Editors' Notes For the word "anarchist" throughout this letter
substitute "marxist-leninist" (or any of its variants, like
"Stalinist" or "maoist"). The piece would then make sense, for there is
little that is anarchist or anti-authoritarian about it.
In fact, this is an example of the regrettable trend whereby the word
"anarchist" is losing its meaning. Because opposition today is chiefly
anarchist, even those on the authoritarian left seem to be willing to cloak
themselves with the "A" word, incredible as that is.
Early on, a classic stalinist-style justification for the betrayal and
murder of anarchists by leftists (a staple of 2oth century history) is
presented. People of color have suffered horrific oppression well before
anarchists did, therefore the latter shouldn't complain!
If this isn't abhorrent enough, the writer goes on to list virtually
every negative facet of the organisational fetish so dear to many on the
left. For example, the manipulative practice of "recruiting," which sees
individuals as so many potential cogs to be fitted to a pre-designed
machine? the arrogance of knowing what to do "for the benefit and
liberation of the people", instead of honoring autonomy and self -direction?
even an exclusive focus on "we as a military organization" - all of this
is a grotesque list of failed, top-down prescriptions from those who dream
of assuming state power.
Fortunately, this anti-anarchist perspective (despite its absurd claim to the
contrary) is meeting a well-deserved extinction. It is a mini case-study in what to
avoid, an offensive parody of anarchy. Exactly what Gbre&i Anarch/ is not about.
Ify Struggle, Our Struggle
It's Very Much the Same
Hullo. I will try to keep this as short as I
can. I have questions, and stories, and more
questions. I'll save the important ones for
this email . . .
I could prattle on intelligently, or so it
may seem, but I'm not going to. I'm going to
stick to my confusion, and let it take the
form of a small cry for help, because that's
what it is . I know that no one can make
decisions for me, or tell me how to live my
life, because that's something that I have to
do for myself, but it just feels like I have
no direction, nowhere to go, no one to talk
to who really understands. I practice direct
action wherever and whenever I can, but I
feel extremely limited in the things that I
can do. I have a child. He is about to be
four. I am 23 years old, and still figuring
out life for myself. Now I have an added
responsibility to make sure that my son has
the means to figure things out for himself,
but I feel that he needs direction and guidance. . .
something I feel I am unable to give him.
My thoughts are increasingly extreme, my
views on the world, and capitalism and
*shudder* globalization, even though I am
relatively uninformed, comparatively. Most of
my thought comes from speculation, about things
that I perceive in the system, in the
unstableness of the market, in the conspiracies
that surround the tragedy that was last year. . .
it's these thoughts that set me apart from my
family, and my son's family, and maybe even
my son. I feel that if I don't conform, and
work, and make money like I am encouraged to
do, then I am letting him down. He will grow
up thinking that his mother is some wacko and
he will be alienated from me. But I can't let
these things go unnoticed! I can't put these
things out of my head, I have taken the red
pill and there is no going back. . I cannot
simply forget these things that I know. . .
It makes me sad, and angry, that people
like me who think "outside the 'fucking' BOX,"
people like you who put this magazine out, are
the ones who have to try and fix what 10,000
years of civilization has wrought, and
sometimes I think we will never be rid of it. . .
I don't know what my question is. I guess
I was just hoping to vent my frustrations,
and maybe get some feedback. I am hoping to
reach someone(s) who can talk with me,
discuss, help me to get my feelings out so
that I can get them straight... maybe there
is someone there...
Full of rage and hope,
A note from Oscar
Thank you for sharing your paper with me.
Keep up the work and the struggle.
!PAZ PARA VIEQUES & PARA EL MUNDO !
En resistencia y lucha,
-Oscar Lopez Rivera #87561-024,
United States Penitentiary,
PO Box 33, Terra Haute,
Editor's notes Oscar lopez Rivera was drafted into the
U.S. army and served in Vietnam. When he returned from
the war in lg67, he found that the conditions in the
Puerto Rican community had reached dire levels and
immediately set to work organizing to improve the quality
of life for his people. He worked in the community against
drugs and police brutality. He was arrested in I98I and
sentenced to 55 years for seditious conspiracy. In I988 he
was given an additional 15 years for conspiracy to
escape. His release date is 2o21. Since lg86, Oscar has
been in the most repressive maximum -security prisons in
the country. Last year Oscar completed 13 years of
solitary confinement, having been kept in a cell the size
of the average bathroom for 22 hours every day. In 1998,
Bill Clinton granted clemency to 11 Puerto Rican political
prisoners before he stepped down from presidency. Oscar
was offered a lo-year sentence reduction in exchange for
an apology to the US government for his acts of sedition.
He refused the offer.
FROM "FERAL FORAGER: A GUIDE TO
LIVING OFF NATURES BOUNTY IN URBAN,
RURAL AND WILDERNESS AREAS"
Roadkill holds an intriguing place in the collective J
consciousness of the modern world. An unavoidable result "'
of car culture, roadkill is so common that most people don't
notice it anymore as they zoom past it distracted by cell
phones, radios and clogged highways. We have found that
it's easy to become desensitized and ignore the violent and
gruesome slaughter of millions of wild animals every year
as they try to cross the steadily increasing number of roads
en route to water sources, and on their migratory paths.
After beginning to actually eat roadkill, we realized how
much is really out there that our eyes usually
gloss over. It is this profound detachment
from the brutal reality of roadkill (or is it
subconscious denial?) that sparked our
desire to eat our first roadside casualty.
Don't talk to
There are other reasons to eat roadkill besides
this somewhat esoteric justification:
Wild meat is satisfying, and for many of us
vegans who don't get enough protein (yes, I
know the average American gets TOO
much!) it's a healthful protein fix, minus the
chemicals and drugs in commercial meat.
Blood type and ancestry can require more or
less protein for optimal health. Also,
significant research is now showing that Vitamin B12 can
only be found in animal organs, contrary to the previous
consensus of vegan nutrition experts.
Energy flows through all living beings, connecting us
intimately. The food we eat is absorbed into our blood and
feeds our cells. Eating a wild animal can nourish our cells in
ways our bodies haven't known in millennia.
Eating roadkill challenges our society's taboos concerning
what is fit and unfit to eat. In the same spirit as dumpster-
diving, we salvage the waste products of our decadent culture,
while the wealthy turn their noses up at us and purchase
chemical-laden slaughterhouse products. Conventional meat
products carry with them the suffering of the factory farm,
exuding stress and misery in every tissue and cell. This misery
transfers itself to the plate of the consumer, infecting billions
worldwide with the same neurotic trauma of domestication.
At least an animal killed
on the highway lived
wild and free until the
point of impact.
As for vegan ethics and
roadkill, we think its all
about the motivations
behind your veganism.
After many years of
active veganism, we
feel that while it can
indeed be the healthiest
choice for some, for
others this may not be
the case, and in fact, veganism is not generally practiced by the horrified eyes of more than a few passerby. I found this
They drove into the gathering with it strapped to the roof of
their car, and after some controversy, were relegated to a
distant hilltop to roast it on a spit. I ate some then, and remember
thinking little of its ethics. Still, I would never have thought
of actually stopping a car to pick up roadkill to eat. Thank-
fully I never killed any animals that I knew of while driving.
So on spring equinox my partner, Ursus and I were driving
in the suburbs of a large southeastern city
and spotted a fox, dead on the roadside. Our
first thought was what a great fur it would
make. We scraped it up (it wasn't very
mangled at all) and took it to our friends'
house downtown, and Ursus skinned it in
the backyard while our friends assisted.
When it was all done and hanging gutless
and skinless from a tree, it was like some
collective epiphany: why not eat it? There
was a great firepit there and several willing
"freegans", along with a few pretty
hard-core vegans (including Ursus) who
raised no protest. After a couple hours on a
spit (a stick shoved through its anus and out
its mouth), the gray fox was edible. I guess
it was something about the start of a new season, it was almost
ritualistic, without trying to make it so. Some stood by and
watched while 4 or 5 of us feasted on the fox. Ursus, a
hard-core vegan, was perhaps the most voracious. There was
something primal about his eating — like a wild man caged
for years eating only bagels and bananas. Ursus tanned the
skin and later wore it around his neck like a scarf.
Three months later in midsummer, we found a raccoon. Ursus
skinned it and tanned the hide, and roasted it on a fire, then
made a delicious stew. He also rendered the fat into oil to
use for frying. Raccoon is pretty oily.
Three months later, on fall equinox, we scooped up another
gray fox and roasted it over a fire. A week after that, we
found a rabbit on the roadside in another large southeastern
city and ate rabbit stew with veggies foraged from the urban
wilds. Just a few
days later, we found
a dead pigeon on
the side of a city
street in a small
town. When Ursus
called my attention
to it, and I saw the
look in his eyes, I
protested: "Oh no
you don't" - it just
seemed like too
much, and pointless
being so small. He
grabbed it anyway,
wrapping it in
primitive people, historically or currently. Most primitive
cultures ate far more wild plant matter than animal, but even
in the tropics, where edible plants are abundant and the warm
climates are compatible with a mostly vegetarian diet, people
regularly ate insects and bird eggs. What we believe strongly
is that primitive cultures thrived without dairy products, so
in that respect, we are enthusiastically vegan. Defining
veganism as a practice rather than an ideology makes the
most sense to us. At this place and time, it is indeed the more
ecological choice when choosing between that and domestic
meat-eating — even organic and free-range. But can we say
the same for the indigenous of Siberia or the Arctic? In any
case, where roadkill is concerned, there is really no ecological
argument against it (well, except for maybe that is steals food
from vultures and crows! But we leave the really mangled
stuff for them anyway...).
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Our first feral feast of roadkill was on spring equinox of 2002.
That past winter we had experimented with skinning and
rather embarrassing, but Ursus later reminded me of the basic
truth of the situation: "Fuck 'em". A few steps later we found
another dead pigeon that was in even better condition than the
first one. We took them home and made "pigeon-noodle soup",
and by the way pigeons do have a lot of meat on them
— and they're really tasty, too.
THIS ZINE CONTAINS A COMPREHENSIVE
"HOW TO" MANUAL ON ROADKILL.
I N CLll)ING:SiaNNING.CIJ2iVNING.STiUaNG
AND STRETCHING THE HIDE. SCRAPING.
REMOVING THE EUR. DRAIN TANNING.
CLEANING AND DRESSING DIRDS. COOKING
METHODS. AND POTENTIAL RISKS OF
EATING ROADKILL. IT ALSO HAS SECTIONS
ON WILD PLANTS AND MUSHROOMS.
EDI13LE INSECTS. AND MORE!
To get a copy of "Feral Forager: A guide to living off
nature 's bounty in urban, rural and wilderness areas"
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the roadside. Years earlier I had been at an earth first! 28802 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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GREEN ANARCHY #12 - SPRING ' 03
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January 15, 2003 kicked off the Northwest Speaking Tour for former political
prisoner, former American Indian Movement activist, survivor of the Attica massacre,
author of the 650 page autobiography From Attica to Gustafsen Lake, and long-
time revolutionary, John Hill (AKA Dacajaweiah - Mohawk for Splitting the Sky).
From a background of orphanages and boarding schools, Dacajeweiah emerged as
a principal leader of the Attica rebellion at the age of nineteen, and later became a
major figure in the Native sovereignty movement.
The Break The Chains collective became acquainted with Splitting the Sky late
last year, when we were introduced via the internet by a mutual friend. Prior to this
we hadn't heard of Splitting the Sky. But after doing our research, we found that he
is a longtime revolutionary who fights to win. After a number of positive exchanges
with him, we decided that we would like to host him for a series of events in Oregon,
and later he asked us to arrange a full Northwest speaking tour. Two of the keynote
speakers who shared lectures with Splitting the Sky on this tour - former political
prisoners of the George Jackson Brigade, Mark Cook & Ed Mead - came together in
Seattle 30 years ago for a prisoner-support convention called "Con-vention."
This tour - which covered Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Ashland, and San Francisco
- was very successful and members of Break The Chains have written a highly in-depth
report on this agitational journey and the issues that were addressed throughout the
course of it all, which is available free of cost upon request from Break The Chains,
PO Box 11331, Eugene, OR 97440 e-mail: email@example.com
Breair The Chains #14
This issue - our largest and best yet - contains
new articles by and about West Coast political
pris oners Jeff "Free" Luers, Rob "Los Ricos" Thaxton,
Matt "Rampage" Lamont, the Children of the River
(Native and anarchist prisoners fighting racism and
brutality from within Oregon's worst prisons), and
anti-imperialist POW Richard Williams, as well as
updates about North American political prisoners of
all stripes, reports on anti-authoritarian, anti-
capitalist, and anti-prisons activities on the West
Coast, state repression news, a movement obituary,
a centerfold about women in prison, and much more!
This issue is available for $5 postage paid from
Break The Chains PO Box 11331, Eugene, OR 97440.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website
(now regularly updated) at: www.breakthechains.net
All proceeds from the sale of our newsletter
will go to covering the costs of the upcoming
prison a boliton/prisoner-support/anti -repress ion
conference in Eugene, OR, scheduled for the week-
end of August 8-11, 2003. Contact Break The Chains
for more info.
THE NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT
A warrior society of the indigenous people's movement, is seeking financial contributions for the
printing costs of an NYM magazine. The purpose of the magazine is to educate and inspire Native
youth and all indigenous peoples to become part of a larger movement to protect and defend our lands
and way of life that is becoming severely threatened. NYM focuses much of its energy on building
community self-sufficiency, relearning and protecting traditional ways, as well as direct action and
boycott campaigns against destructive industries. Please make donations payable to:
NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT PO BOX 854, CHASE, BC. CANADA, VOE 1M0.
The Cascades are on fire early this year:
There won't be any retold stories of the need for change, or any excuses mode for what
hasn't happened. None of that matters anymore. Definitions are being changed and
overturned daily. What used to be termed freedom of speech has unveiled itself to be
super-intelligent thought control. The reality of our enslavement is apparent. The Looters
from the bloodstained mansion have openly admitted their intent to control our lives,
down to the D.N.fl. in our blood, that which sustains us. Chances are running out to take
control of your own life and nothing more desperate must happen! The only way to do this
is to know what you want - and then do it. We've seen that our corporate sponsors have
effectively deployed this strategy. Fortunately, we have all of time and the forest on our
side. There is just one thing though - all of time and the powers of the forest can only be on
our side if they are still flourishing in their own right, striving for their own interests, and
existing in a form so untouched that it will never be fully understood.
Some of us have been out to gain some secret knowledge over the past few years. We have
learned a lot, we have come a long way. Now is the time to go further. Soon Bush and his
co-conspirators across the globe will have destroyed the last remaining sacred places on the
planet. They will be destroyed for the final and only time. Some will be crossed with pipeline:
others slashed with axes and shipped away to become cereal boxes. The forest has spoken
and this will not be allowed to happen. In these last moments the people are rising!
Cascadia Summer is now, it is this summer, and we are all a part of it. Many people have
been acting on your behalf for your entire life, but now we just want you to be yourself!
We aren't asking for the logging to stop, we're stopping it. We aren't asking for the
patriarchal culture that fosters this need to change, we are living our own way, on our own
time. And when we see them marching with their town-machines and their ugly faces, we'll
see them turning more quickly than before, if they can even make it out. Once we are no
longer living in the extreme of the opposition, and that opposition is unnecessary to
define our existence, every possibility is awaiting us. We are the present. We are creating
the future in every passing moment. Our fate is within reach and we each must open our
hands and grasp it. Logging season starts March 1 5. See you in the woods...
To stop the madness of logging on public lands and the furthering of
the American-imperialist state's scope, call (541)684-8977.
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Summer 2oo3 Green Anarchist Gathering
July lo thru 13, 2oo3 North Central Pennsylvania
We are currently organizing for a green anarchist gathering this summer
which will take place in a Pennsylvania state forest yet to be announced. The
location will have normal park facilities as well as areas for the application and
practice of wilderness skills. The emphasis of the gathering is two fold: to teach
wilderness survival abilities and to provide a contextual and practical basis for
green anarchist theory/action.
It seems a vital point for green anarchists to have our own convergence
instead of having a few workshops at other gatherings. We are hoping that
this environment will be permissive for detailed discussion, debate and exchange
of experience. This, however, is not for 'green anarchists only' and we hope
that people will take this chance to learn more about wilderness skills, the
green anarchist critiques and also develop stronger alliances to further
This gathering is for green anarchists and future primitives all over the
world to gather and get serious about the direction and actions that we are
a part of and prepare for life beyond civilization. We hope that all people
who are serious about this will come. For the destruction of civilization
and the reconnection to life!
We are currently taking any help we can get. We are in desparate need of
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Gathering of Anti-Civilization
People May 1-4, Barcelona, Spain
Free and Wild anarchists will be gathering to discuss the complete and
Total destruction of our enemy, Civilization. This gathering has the potential
to serve as an invaluable networking hub for anyone involved in the anti-
civilization movement, and we urge our north american readers to try their best
to get there, despite the geographical challenges related to its location.
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caught or currently in the underground for
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support for the Animal Liberation Front and
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ANARCHIST BLACK CROSS
NETWORK NEWSLETTER t*2
The Break The Chains collective is excited
to announce that we will be producing issue
#2 of the Anarchist Black Cross Network
newsletter. We are now accepting submissions
for the newsletter from anti-authoritarian
and anti-capitalist prisoners and prison
activists - so send us your contributions of
poetry, artwork, and articles analyzing the
Prison Industrial Complex, how prison
relates to and reinforces other forms of
oppression (racism, gender oppression, etc.),
articles on prisoner-support and prisoner-
resistance, critiques of contemporary
movement trends, and suggestions for how
anarchist prisoner-aid groups such as the
ABCN can be more effective at supporting
prisoners and building a movement to abolish
prisons and the deranged society that
continues to build them. We are especially
interested in hearing from politically
conscious and active women prisoners,
whose voices are all too often under-
represented in the prisoner-solidarity movement.
Break The Chains PO Box 11331,
Eugene, OR 97440.
Deadline for submissions is April 7th
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Because of the drastic upsurge in militarized police
activities and acts of repression against communities and
neighborhoods in the Eugene area, especially against
people who are economically disenfranchised or who are
racially, ethnically, or politically marginalized, Eugene
Copwatch is reorganizing to provide an effective means of
documenting and responding to police violence.
We support and encourage the formation of other
autonomous copwatchers within the Eugene area. We want
as much autonomous and decentralized resistance to
police violence as possible. With the current expansion
of law enforcement power and abuse we believe that
everyone needs to be a copwatcher.
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Against Prisons Catherine Baker $ 1
A concise and accessible critique of prison, law,
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A Map Chellis Glendinning $3
The contents of a speech delivered by Chellis at
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Anarchism: The Feminist Connection Peggy
An intro to the history and ideas behind anarcha-
Anarchists Are Going To Eat Your Children $2
A great pamphlet about the "Myths, mis-
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Anarchist Survival Guide For Understanding
Gestapo Swine Interrogation Mind Games
Harold Thompson $1
Fairly self explanatory.
Anti-Mass: Methods Of Organization For
Arguments against mass organization and in
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Assholes, Politicians, Economists & Cops:
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Behind it (Spartacus Books) $5
The title says it all.
Back From Hell: Black Power And Treason To
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One man's account of resisting racism & white
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Bring The War Home: vol. 1 Forgotten Heroes;
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Underground. Anarchist Action Collective $2
Brief overview of two armed groups within the
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COINTELPRO: The Danger We Face $2
Basic information about the history and nature
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Colonization Is Always War Zig Zag $2
Modern resistance to the oppressive forces of
Consent Or Coercion Ed Stamm $2
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Control Unit Prisons Frank J. Atwood/ABC
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A creative piece furthering the critique of
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Earth Liberation Front: Frequently Asked
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Enemy Of The State: An Interview With John
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Craig Rosebraugh $1
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Green Anarchism: Origins And Influences
Paul Rogers $2
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If an Agent Knocks Anonymous $ 1
All you need to know about visits by the feds.
A must read.
Industrial Domestication: Industry As The
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This essay shows why the struggle for workers'
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Industrial Society & It's Future: The
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Writings Of The Vancouver Five $3
A great compilation of writings by the members
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InTERRORgation: The CIA's
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56-page reprint of the CIA's
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Let's Get Free! $5 (half going directly to Free)
28-page zine about Jeff "Free" Luers, earth
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Listening To The Land: An Interview With
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This interview with American Indian Movement
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Native Resistance To Canada Various native
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An overview of modern Native struggles against
Neo-Luddites & Lessons From The Luddites
Kirkpatrick Sale $2
Two essays reprinted from his book Rebels
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Non-Violence & Its Violent Consequences
William Meyers $2
Pacifist absurdity debunked.
Our Enemy, Civilization $2
Essays against civilization, industrialism, and
Primitivist Primer John Moore $ 1
An interesting and very accessible introduction
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Prison Abolition Yves Borque $ 1
A unique critique of the prison system.
Rebel's Dark Laughter: Writings Of Bruno
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Selected writings and poetry by this late Italian
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Rob The Rich! Robert Thaxton $2
Jailhouse writings of political prisoner Robert
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Killing King Abacus $ 1
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Stopping The Industrial Hydra: Revolution
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The ecological disasters perpetuated by industrial
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Technology, Trauma, And The Wild
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This Is What Democracy Looks Like VBP $2
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Articles about technology and the class struggle
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Now defunct journal of anti-industrial anarchism.
Break The Chains Current. $2
Newsletter with writings by prisoners and news
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